It sounds like science fiction, but robot bar staff, hotel rooms that change colour, cruise ships as big as aircraft carriers and even robot sex are part of the future for travellers, a tourism conference has been told.
Dr Yeoman said the future may see a more controlled society with a return to mass tourism spawning a range of new indoor tourism products.
Indoor artificial ski centres, circuses, zoos, golf courses and recreated landscapes, as well as giant cruise ships, could be among the new attractions.
As costs for basics such as electricity and food increased, tourism operators could turn to robots as cheap labour, Dr Yeoman said.
Robot waiters at cocktail bars, remote-controlled camera-carrying guard dogs in hotel lobbies and self-cleaning hotel rooms were all likely, Dr Yeoman said.
Even robot “prostitutes” that would not pass on diseases such as HIV could make an appearance, he said..
Airship Hotels in the Sky.
UNDERSEA yachts, cruise ship-style five-star blimp hotels and simulated kidnapping experiences could be on travellers’ must-do lists in the not-too-distant future.
“Now that Virgin Galactic is hopefully going to have their first passengers in outer space as early as 2012, these kind of creative ideas are potentially going to become reality,” said Craig Shim, manager of marketing activation at Tourism Queensland.
Mr Shim said a French company was already offering simulated kidnapping packages, in which people could pay to be
abducted without warning, bound, gagged and imprisoned for between four and 10 hours.
“It allows you to experience the terror of the real thing,” he said.
Nick Talbot, director of UK-based design and innovation company seymourpowell, said in the next 15 years you could see “air hotels like cruise ships in the sky in which you spend a week floating from Australia to London, stopping off at various destinations along the way.
“It would be a lucky few that could afford to do it but it would be a completely mind-blowing experience,” he said.
People will also be able to see 3D images of island resorts and do virtual walk-throughs via their mobile phones in a modern twist on travel brochures.
Will the above ever happen? We have been told a lot of things before, such as flying cars etc. and we are still waiting. Personally I find the simulated kidnapping a bit much, this would not appeal to me at all, as one of the comments in the paper pointed out you can get this for free in some Countries now. It will be a wait and see, some of the ideas sound good, others a bit out there for my taste.