Visit Singapore and beyond with a world-first Virtual Reality installation
21 Sep 2017
Visitors to Wellington Airport can take a virtual trip to Singapore and beyond with a new virtual reality (VR) experience celebrating the first anniversary of Singapore Airlines ‘Capital Express’ service.
Wellington Airport Chief Executive, Steve Sanderson said: “Wellingtonians have embraced the connectivity that the flights have delivered, travelling to a variety of destinations across the Singapore Airlines global network. Thanks to VR technology, Wellington Airport is able to give everyone a taste of the travel and sightseeing experiences this service offers.”
The VR experience is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
The fully immersive and interactive experience takes viewers on trip across the world that starts in Wellington Airport with the viewer seated in a custom-made ‘travelling trishaw’. It stops off at Changi Airport and then allows the viewer to explore either Phuket, London or Singapore. They’ll send paper lanterns into the sunset in Phuket, play drums at the changing of the palace guard in London and in Singapore’s Garden by the Bay they’ll be catching butterflies.
The VR experience has been produced in conjunction with Wrestler a Wellington VR/AR & video agency. Kat Lintott, Head of VR/AR says: “Creating a fully immersive journey that takes Wellingtonians to the world with Singapore Airlines, was a great challenge and one we wanted to make sure would stand out on a global stage.”
Wrestler teamed up with a Wellington-based software startup, DreamFlux, to let users interact with 3D objects that seamlessly blend in with the 360 video of iconic destinations around them.
The top 10 end-point destinations that Wellingtonians have travelled to using the Singapore Airlines service, are: Canberra; Colombo; Delhi; Hanoi; Ho Chi Minh City; Kuala Lumpur; London; Mumbai; Phuket; Singapore.
With Singapore Airlines now flying to central New Zealand, Asian visitor spend was $147m for the Wellington region , up 16% over the previous year while the rest of New Zealand was flat. Central New Zealand regions have also benefited since Singapore Airlines commenced their service with an 11% increase in Asia visitor tourism spend.
As part of the Capital Express anniversary celebrations, Singapore Airlines has announced specials from Wellington (via Canberra) to key destinations on the Singapore Airlines network, with flights from NZ$154 one-way to Canberra and NZ$997 return to Singapore.
Additionally, passengers connecting onwards from Singapore to any Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot flight, can also purchase one of its popular Singapore Stopover Packages that includes accommodation, transfers and access to 19 of the best local attractions from as little as $1. Visit www.singaporeair.com for full details.