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Enhancing virtual tourism-adoption and implementation of virtual reality techniques


Ibrahim, Amlus and Mohd Yusof, S. A. and Che Mat, Ruzinoor and Faisal Mohamed, Nur Fadziana and Zulkifli, Abdul Nasir (2007) Enhancing virtual tourism-adoption and implementation of virtual reality techniques. In: Readings on tourism and hospitality. Universiti Utara Malaysia Press, Sintok, pp. 163-180. ISBN 9789833827169

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Abstract

Innovation in tourism industry such as products, services and technologies remain unclear with the exception of the internet through e-tourism.The internet has revolutionized the tourism industry in terms of distribution of information, communication and sales.Many new internet or web based technologies and innovations need to be developed to tap the vast potential market of this industry. One of the new technologies that has been acknowledged and recognized to give a great impact to this industry is virtual reality VR.VR offers a new kind of human computer interaction where the user of a VR system can immerse him/her self into a computer-generated, multi-sensory, intuitively operable virtual experience space.With VR technology, it is possible to visit tourist attraction sites without actually going to the site. This technology has been evaluated for practical use in many industrial fields such as manufacturing, medical, multimedia,show business and computer games.The rapid advancement within the computer technology is constantly generating new and improved VR applications.This paper discusses and presents two commonly used VR techniques i.e. Panoramic and 30 modeling in tourism industry. These techniques have been applied as online portals and web pages, online or standalone tourist information systems,3D or virtual exhibit, virtual museum and amusement parks worldwide. These systems are information-intensive, multimedia based, and provide spatial nature of tourism related services and processes which promote the concept of virtual tourism.The uses of VR techniques and systems have significantly contributed to the implementation of more VR based solutions for tourism industry.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual tourism, virtual reality, panoramic and 3D modeling
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: College of Business
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 13:59
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2012 13:59
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/5220

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