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.
Inoue and his wife "flew" to Italy on First Airlines, a company known for entertainment, not transportation. The Tokyo-based company entered the growing virtual reality market, as people face travel restrictions because of COVID-19.
"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.
Japan has recorded over 50,000 coronavirus infections and just over 1,000 deaths. Those numbers come from the Japanese public broadcaster NHK. A second wave of infections starting in July has stopped most travel in and out the country.
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."
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今年暑期，日本商人井上胜夫(Katsuo Inoue)选择到意大利“观光” 。他在不离开东京的情况下，尽情享受着佛罗伦萨和罗马的景色 。
井上与妻子搭乘娱乐公司东京第一航空(First Airlines)“飞往”意大利 。这家总部位于东京的公司进军日益繁荣的虚拟现实市场，因为人们正面临着新冠疫情导致的旅行限制 。
井上告诉路透社记者：“我经常出国出差，但从没去过意大利 。”“我这次的体验相当好，因为有一种实实在在看到美景的感觉 。”
东京第一航空的“乘客”坐在模拟飞机的头等舱或商务舱 。他们甚至还进行了一场安全演示，并分到了救生衣和氧气面罩 。工作人员在提供食物和饮料的同时，大屏幕上显示着舱外的云层和其他景色 。
日本报告的新冠病毒感染人数超过5万人，死亡人数刚刚超过1000人 。这些数据来自日本公共广播公司NHK 。从7月份开始的第二波疫情已经阻止了大多数人进出境 。
日本最大的航空公司全日空控股（ANA）表示，6月份飞往国外的乘客数量减少了96% 。国际航空运输协会(IATA)上个月预测，国际旅行要到2024年才能恢复 。
该公司的总裁Hiroaki Abe表示，“我们有一批每年都前往夏威夷的常客，他们可以来这里体验一下置身夏威夷的感觉 。”