Japanese Travelers Try Virtual Vacations

2020/08/17 14:17

Today's Vocabulary

1.view (n)
the things that can be seen from a particular place

2. impression (n)
the effect or influence that something or someone has on a person’s thoughts or feelings

3. fake (adj)
meant to look real or genuine but not real or genuine

4. mask (n)
a covering for your face or for part of your face

5. vest (n) 
a special piece of clothing that you wear on your upper body for protection or safety

6. screen (n)
the usually flat part of a television or computer monitor that shows the images or text

7. immersive (adj)
relating to digital technology or images that actively involve one’s senses

8. customer (n)
someone who buys goods or services from a business

Japanese Travelers Try Virtual Vacations

Japanese businessman Katsuo Inoue chose Italy for his summer vacation this year. He enjoyed the views of Florence and Rome – without ever leaving Tokyo.

“I often go overseas on business, but I haven’t been to Italy,” Inoue told the Reuters news agency. “My impression was rather good because I got a sense of actually seeing things there.”

The “passengers” on First Airlines sit in the first- or business-class areas of a fake airplane. They are even shown a safety demonstration and given a life vest and oxygen mask. Workers serve meals and drinks as large screens show passing clouds and other views outside the airplane.

The “travelers” then receive virtual reality eye wear that provides immersive tours of places like Paris, New York, Hawaii and Rome and other Italian cities.

The country’s biggest airline, ANA Holdings, said the numbers of passengers flying to foreign countries fell by 96 percent in June. And the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicted last month that it would take until the year 2024 for international travel to recover.

But First Airlines says business has increased by 50 percent since the start of the coronavirus restrictions.

Its president, Hiroaki Abe, said, “We get some customers who normally travel to Hawaii every year and they can experience some of that here.”

Resource: https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/japanese-travelers-try-virtual-vacations

  1. Given a chance to try virtual vacations, where will you go and why?
  2. What are some things you always take with you on a trip?

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