Sydney360 : A New Perspective on Tourism


News Desk, News Nation 360 : A collective of Sydney tourism operators including Sea Life Aquarium, Dreamtime Southern X and Sydney Harbour Boat Tours star in a new interactive destination guide, co-funded by the City of Sydney. The guide is free and accessible on any device. Online users get a birdseye view of Sydney and can navigate their own journey to places and activities of interest. Filming was done by one of Australia’s leading virtual reality specialists Ondrej Koucky of Rapturous Media, who says the guide represents the future in holiday planning and virtual travel, allowing people around the world to experience the wonders of a destination from the comfort of their living room. Dalgleish said that they were all in the same boat. Hundreds of small businesses and guides who relied almost entirely on international visitors were facing closures and unemployment. So rather than sit back and wait

for handouts they got a small group of operators to think outside the box and fight back. But according to Dalgleish, despite using state-of-the-art technology the most compelling part of the guide is the inclusion of authentic Sydney siders. The best way to learn about a place or discover something unique is to hear it from a local, so they gathered some of the most knowledgeable Sydney tour guides and got them to show them their favourite haunts, then by shooting in 360 these passionate story-tellers and places come to life it’s the next best thing to being here. The concept is the brainchild of Mark Dalgleish, owner of Sydney Harbour Boat Tours whose family-run business was devastated by Covid-19, along with the rest of Sydney’s tourism industry.

Pic : Courtesy

Report : Anustup Kundu