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Visit Alexandria releases statistics, VR plans at annual meeting - Source Alextimes

Posted on Oct 04,2017
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One of Visit Alexandria's VR experiences at Captain's Row (Courtesy Visit Alexandria)

Source Alextimes

By Alexa Epitropoulos

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - City tourism organization Visit Alexandria released its latest stats and kicked off a new virtual reality campaign at its annual meeting on Monday evening.

The campaign includes virtual tours of 20 local attractions, including King

Street, the waterfront, Captain’s Row, The Birchmere and the Torpedo Factory, that can be viewed on a mobile app, on its website, or through specialized VR headsets.

“We want to inspire people to visit, and we know that once people come, they’re hooked,” Visit Alexandria CEO Patricia Washington said in her remarks on Monday. “So, we can bring the city to them … VR is what visitors are thirsting for.”

As part of its new VR campaign, Washington said another goal is to increase visibility on Google, namely through Google Maps and Streetview. The apps now allow businesses to provide high-definition, 360 imagery, where viewers can take an online tour of the interiors of businesses. Visit Alexandria established a program that its member businesses participate in. Hummingbird Restaurant and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum are two of the inaugural participants.

Source Alextimes

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