HomeAway unveils virtual tours in Bali

Travel Daily Media | August 27, 2019

HomeAway, holiday home rental company, announced the launch of virtual tours in Bali. First launched in the US in November 2018, Bali is the second market outside of the US and the first market in Asia Pacific to offer virtual tours – a new proprietary product that seamlessly displays virtual tours of holiday homes on HomeAway.This customer-centric technological innovation allows homeowners and property managers to share a 360-degree walk-through of their properties with travellers. Travellers can visualise the property prior to their stay, setting their expectations and delivering a better stay experience. It also benefits homeowners with a proven record in increasing conversion.

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Robots have been a staple of science fiction and childhood dreams for over a century. It’s no exaggeration to say that they have the potential to enhance our lives in ways no other interface can today. But how can social robots help humans? And which industries are on the cusp of the robotics revolution?

One example of how Furhat can be used is in the hospitality industry. Whether that's in hotels or restaurants, social robots can deliver great automated customer service that still feels human.

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Robots have been a staple of science fiction and childhood dreams for over a century. It’s no exaggeration to say that they have the potential to enhance our lives in ways no other interface can today. But how can social robots help humans? And which industries are on the cusp of the robotics revolution?

One example of how Furhat can be used is in the hospitality industry. Whether that's in hotels or restaurants, social robots can deliver great automated customer service that still feels human.

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Airwallex | December 16, 2022

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