People in Japan have found a cool way to enjoy their summer vacations in exotic international destinations around the world without having to leave their country during the lockdown. Wondering how? Read on to know more. By Amitha Ameen

 

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People in Japan have been able to avoid cancelling their summer holiday plans to international destinations, and instead, have been enjoying comfortable trips to places around the world, without having to leave their country. First Airlines, a Tokyo-based entertainment company is offering virtual vacations to Japanese folks, who are currently restricted to their country owing to the pandemic.

 

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Virtual reality has already found a firm grounding in the travel market and has been further boosted, thanks to those staying indoors during the lockdown. Knowing this, First Airlines is efficiently tapping into the virtual travel space by offering customers unique VR flight experiences that include city tours and meals as a complete package.

Travellers can choose to sit in first or business class seats in a grounded mock aeroplane, where they are served in-flight meals and drinks along with their VR experience. Some of the places included in the tour are Paris, Italy, New York, Rome and Hawaii.

 

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According to a report on New York Post, bookings at First Airlines have increased by 50 per cent since the beginning of the pandemic. COVID-19 has stopped most travel out of Japan with International Air Transport Association (IATA)  predicting that global passenger numbers would normalise only by 2024.

 

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Japan currently has 53,397 confirmed cases of which 35,134 recoveries have been reported (as on August 14, 2020). Japan has banned the entry of all foreign nationals from 146 countries and is currently in discussion with other Asian countries on easing travel restrictions.

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