3- Virtual Reality Hospitality
down the world’s largest waterslide - using VR headgear and high quality earphones for the ultimate immersive experience. “This is only the beginning for the travel industry as this technology becomes more mature and available to more people,” proclaims Liam Findley, Atlantis vice president of marketing. “In the future, I predict that we will see virtual reality as being a common tool of resorts and hotels and guests reviewing virtual reality experiences when making decisions about where they want to stay.” UAE innovation company Merlin Digital, is in plans to create the Sharjah VR app, for viewers to navigate through the city’s most popular touristic attractions.
In Beirut, the Phoenicia Hotel is using Google Cardboard to transport users to the country’s historic locations with its ‘See Lebanon for Yourself’ online virtual reality tour. And Wild Wadi Water Park, operated by Dubai-based hotelier Jumeirah International, has teamed up with Gear VR and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet, to give thrill-seekers the chance to experience 30 exhilarating rides from a virtual reality stand at Dubai mall.
The rulebook for hospitality is changing with the digitally connected guest. Hotels are rethinking how to improve a guest’s stay with technology, giving them a personalised and seamless journey.
Perception, a fictional VR Hotel by Jetsetter