International travel seems like a far-fetched idea at the moment as the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc, especially in India. However, Google seems to have an idea to turn people into virtual globetrots. On the occasion World Heritage Day, UNESCO, Google Arts & Culture created a new online resource called Explore UNESCO cultural heritage.
“This is a unique opportunity to take a virtual tour of the world through cultural landmarks and outstanding places of natural beauty, and access accurate and reliable information on places of outstanding universal value,” said Ernesto Ottone. UNESCO Deputy Director General for Culture in a blog post.
Users can get a virtual tour on a microsite created by Google for 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These pages include the Taj Mahal, Yosemite National Park, Serengeti National Park, the Colosseum and others.
Once you land on the premises, you can take a virtual tour of the Taj Mahal and see its size. It’s a nice tool for people to learn more about the history of the place and its cultural heritage. You can get the virtual tour here
“Of course, this virtual exploration will never replace the unique experience of seeing these places for real and visiting World Heritage sites. We will travel again. In the meantime, we hope that users will still be able to immerse themselves in the beauty of our world and encourage action to protect it, ”Ottone said in the blog post.
Cultural tourism, which accounts for 40% of the total tourism market, suffers from the fact that the number of international tourists decreased by 75% in 2020 compared to 2019. After concert halls, theaters, bookstores and cinemas closed, royalties were charged by The Creators could have dropped as much as 35% in 2020 – a loss of 3.5 billion euros worldwide, Ottone explained.