In Austria as across much of the globe, tourism has been put on hiatus in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. People have been asked to stay in their houses and flats, and travel plans have been put on hold. But this does not mean you have to ignore travel altogether. For instance now, you can take a virtual journey through Austria.
The Austrian National Tourist Office has curated a collection of virtual journeys to help bring a piece of Austria to homes across the UK. It has transformed its customer facing website, www.austria.info/en, into a portal for exciting online experiences.
Become the audience for a streaming of a State Opera performance, dip your toes into Lake Wörthersee with an interactive panorama, or browse the Albertina and Belvedere galleries from the comfort of your living room. The content is available in both English and German, and is being added to on an ongoing basis.
“The tourism industry is undergoing a crisis, causing stress and uncertainty for members of the trade and public alike” says Martina Jaming, UK Director of the Austrian National Tourist Office. “With this virtual portal, we hope to bring some entertainment and light relief to those in isolation. Most importantly, we want to remind travellers that the Austrian National Tourist Office is still here for them, and that we look forward to welcoming visitors from the UK when circumstances once again allow.”
We all know that this is a trying time for everyone, but whether it is to enrich your self-isolation, to take a break from working at home, or even to plan your next trip for when the coronavirus pandemic is over, taking a virtual journey through Austria, is an experience that might just brighten up your day.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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