We are happy to announce that the TravelAR Slovenia application is now available in yet another location. Črnomelj saw the launch of the app on the 9th of March. Visitors of the picturesque town can now travel through time to explore Črnomelj as it was in the 17th century. On a central location in the town centre users of the TravelAR app can view and interact with a stylized AR maquette, which brings to life the towns historical highlights as detailed 3d models. Besides the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Church of Saint Peter, the former town walls and the castle have been reconstructed and regained their former grandeur. The app offers users more than just a view of the town. It provides detailed information about these cultural heritage spots in the form of a captivating narrative enriched with interactivity.
Over the course of the next two years the TravelAR project will continue to run and expand in both Črnomelj and Kočevje. Other locations in Slovenia will follow soon. Participants will learn how to model using Maya 3d software, enabling them to reconstruct notable cultural heritage sites in their hometown, build interactive narratives, and contribute to an Augmented Reality app which boosts local and regional tourism.
The relevance and urgency of adopting novel technologies to advance tourism in smaller towns and cities should not be underestimated according to Marko Stijepic, Managing Director of the Kočevje Business Incubator and project partner: “These days almost every village on Earth is claiming to be the top tourism destination. It is essential to stand out from the crowd. We believe creating Augmented Reality powered tourism products gives us that edge. AR brings something extra to our tourism offer and it creates a whole new visitor experience. It is important to give guests that memorable experience which is linked to your destination, and this is exactly what we are doing with TravelAR Slovenia.”
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