Travel Industry to See Potential Gains from Virtual Worlds
From 3D Training. Learning and Collaboration
"Lauren Papworth, a social networking strategist, told the Australian Tourism Futures conference that travelers will increasingly use virtual worlds to help plan their next vacation according to the Brisbane Times. The talk was targeted at the Australian tourism community, but has relevance to the entire global business."
I am curious what other members think about this. I see some good potential for the eco-tourism industry because you can actually showcase and interact with a destination's attributes before spending the cash or the carbon. There may be another advantage. There is some discussion about the trickle down of tourist dollars not trickling down. A localized content creation strategy that highlights an augmented reality or virtual tour of a destination--created by its residents-- would expand access to eCommerce, and direct travelers to locally owned and sustainable enterprises.
Combining this with a new application like Green.tv
( Fantastic site Lori!!) and there is great potential for focusing tourism dollars to the eco tourism sector.