VR no travel replacement

VR no travel replacement

Virtual reality will become an increasingly important sales tool for travel professionals and is also likely to add to the travel experience – but won’t stop people from actually going places.

That’s the view of Russell Craig, national technology officer, Microsoft New Zealand.

‘I see the two as being both / and, rather than either/ or.’

Craig says that above all else human’s value being together.

‘Many of the reasons people travel for are not what technology would provide a substitute for – not in the near future anyway. It is more likely to add to things, to make the travel experience richer.’

In saying that, Craig feels technological advances may provide a substitute for some business travel.

‘Meeting colleagues face to face has its place, but much can be done using technology to have a rich engagement with those people.’