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Metaverse’s role in the tourism industry is increasing

An economic activist said: With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, when tourism programs were closed, the direction of tourism towards travel in the metaverse world was accelerated.

According to ISNA, Seyyed Mehdad Khatami, pointing out that the role of Metaverse in the tourism industry is increasing day by day, said: The idea of ​​Metaverse emerged in the 1990s. The role of Metaverse in the tourism industry started long ago. But with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, when tourism programs were closed, the orientation of tourism towards travel in the metaverse world was accelerated. Because the idea of ​​traveling in the virtual world can help how tourists encounter other places.

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He added: the idea of ​​traveling in the virtual world is even possible to replace a number of physical trips, in which case the tourism industry will not suffer.

This economic activist noted: Companies are developing infrastructure to provide tourism facilities in existing and new metaverses.

Stating that the metaverse is the link between the physical world and the digital life, the world of avatars and the next generation of the Internet, he reminded: perhaps the best and most useful approach of the metaverse can be interpreted in relation to education. A few thousand hours of professional training should be completed. These trainings are scattered.

Khatami admitted: Online classes, face-to-face classes, books, pamphlets, tests, and all of them are presented on separate platforms. Now imagine that we want to learn for a specific field in the metaverse world.

He added: For example, in a more specific field, there are many entertainments that we do not have access to at certain moments of time or in specific locations.

This economic activist continued: For example, people who live in tropical areas cannot have sports or winter recreation in their place of residence. Unless they travel to a cold country.

He pointed out: In Metaverse, everything is possible at any time and place, or we can refer to the exhibition examples of Gitex Emirates, which we saw holding a conference, so conferences can be held in person or online, just like concerts. But there are also limitations of physical presence and online presence in video conferences. Khatami said: Therefore, we can think of a superior experience in relation to holding such events in Metaverse. So that people’s avatars appear in meetings and create a tangible experience.

This economic activist stated: Many of the digital solutions available today have been accompanied by concerns about privacy and security. Therefore, Metaverse may also present privacy issues and security risks. As an active online space, the metaverse can lead to new issues in the security and privacy of individuals as well as institutions.

Khatami added: With the aim of introducing comprehensive experiences to users, Metaverse eliminates the gap between the real and virtual worlds. Even if you can see this as an advantage, virtual world addiction can cause people to withdraw from real world experiences.

He continued: After the start of the corona virus epidemic and the resulting restrictions, the negative features of the current education systems became visible to everyone. The decline in the quality of education and the decrease in the motivation of students to learn are among the biggest damages of the corona virus restrictions on the current virtual education system.

This economic activist admitted: artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality technologies used in Metaverse have made it a suitable platform for developing and updating current educational systems.

He stated: In this way, by participating in 3D environments powered by Metaverse technology, students can gain an experience very close to educational environments in the real world, while other space, time and economic limitations prevent them. are not.

Khatami emphasized: One of the most important applications of Metaverse in the education industry should be mentioned to reduce the costs of holding training classes. The construction and maintenance of educational environments imposes heavy costs on the educational organization, while it is possible to develop a virtual university in Metaverse, which provides all the best quality educational units at a much lower cost than the construction in The real world developed.

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