The online travel booking giant Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) is soon going to offer a new and unique way you can book hotel rooms. Technology news site Mashable says Expedia is currently working on technology so people can use virtual reality to view prospective hotel rooms before deciding. Once launched, it is going to be a more immersive experience. The impact is sure to be greater than pictures or even video. In fact, it is as close to reality as it gets, almost like checking out the rooms physically before booking.
Often, hotels and other websites posts pictures that are years old, and in the meantime, the rooms, lobby, and the restaurants might have changed. The poor experience can ruin a holiday. With VR, that will be a thing of the past.
The Advantages of Using Virtual Reality for Hotel Booking
With virtual reality, Expedia will let people get a better idea of the property, the room size, layout and other things before making the booking. You will be able to check out all the features and amenities, including the balcony and the room’s views.
For this, you have to just wear a compatible VR headset and look around the property as if you were really there. Mashable says, this new technology may be available for use in all Expedia properties, which includes Expedia.com, Hotwire.com, Hotels.com, Venere.com, and Egencia.
According to reports, the technology is at an early stage of development, with Expedia trialing to find out how it works. In the interactive demos, users are being allowed to slide open doors, step out into the room’s balcony, and do all sorts of other things.
Virtual Reality Can Impact Other Holiday Booking Too
Analysts are saying VR has a huge role to play in the travel industry. For instance, VR can be used for enhancing travel experiences, such as booking a cruise.
Expedia’s Senior Vice President, Product and Design, Arthur Chapin said, “If you’re going to make the decision of booking a cruise, wouldn’t it be cool if you could check out the ship virtually before you spend that much money”?
However, Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) is reportedly against the use of virtual reality. At the Geekwire technology conference in 2016, he said, “I hope that VR in travel fails miserably because I want people to go places”. It now seems like that stance has changed. According to a report by Greenlight Insights, VR can generate revenues of $7.17 billion this year.