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Thu, 29 October 2015

Shangri-La to Enhance Sales with Samsung Gear VR Headsets

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has rolled out Samsung Gear VR headsets across all global sales offices and produced immersive 360-degree videos for over a quarter of its 94 hotels and resorts.

Nearly half of the hotel portfolio will have VR videos available by January, with full roll out to be completed in 2016.

Powered by Oculus, the Gear VR headsets enable travel advisors, meeting planners and potential corporate clients to virtually experience Shangri-La hotels and destinations around the world. They will be used as promotional and educational tools at tradeshows, industry events and sales meetings, instantly transporting advisors to places such as the rooftop of Jokhang Temple in Lhasa or the Grand Ballroom in Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong.

 The videos can be watched online on a 360-degree video player or, for a fully immersive experience, freely downloaded and viewed on a VR headset that uses the Oculus platform.

Shangri-La is investing significantly in technology and the future of travel content, which is why we are embracing virtual reality on this scale, said Steven Taylor, chief marketing officer of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. VR is a revolutionary new sales tool. The technology has evolved so that it is now affordable, light and portable; virtual reality is on the cusp of becoming more mainstream.

Shangri-La began developing virtual reality videos in May with Brand Karma and previewed ones of Shangri-La hotels and excursions in Ulaanbaatar, Lhasa and Shangri-La City at ILTM in Shanghai this past June. Video production was accelerated given the positive feedback in order to roll the headsets out to the groups 17 global sales offices.

We want to employ innovative technology in a way that is meaningful to our trade partners and beneficial to consumers, added Taylor. Not only will Shangri-Las immersive 360-degree videos provide travel experts a better understanding of the Shangri-La product and experience, but there are many creative applications. For example, a travel planner could virtually walk a CEO through Island Shangri-La, Hong Kongs ballroom prior to a big product announcement or use it to heighten clients anticipation for an upcoming trip.

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