Posted: Tue 12th Apr 2016

Stunning 360-Degree Videos Showcase The Best Of Swansea Bay

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016

People from across the world can now take a virtual tour of Swansea’s award-winning beaches with the click of a button. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea Council’s tourism team has uploaded 360-degree video tours of beaches including Oxwich Bay, Rhossili Bay and Port Eynon to the www.visitswanseabay.com website. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Stunning 360-degree videos of Rhossili’s Helvetia shipwreck, Three Cliffs Bay, Cefn Bryn, Langland Bay and Swansea beach have also been uploaded. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Steve Hopkins, Swansea Council’s Tourism and Marketing Manager, said: “Tourism is already worth more than £390m a year to the Swansea Bay economy, but we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to attract even more visitors to the area and further boost the city’s hotels, bed and breakfasts, shops, pubs, restaurants and activity providers. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The 360-degree video tours of our beaches that are now available give potential visitors a richer online experience by showing off the beauty of Gower in a more effective way.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The tourism team has also used the technology to upload 360-degree video tours of several city attractions, including the Brangwyn Hall, the Dylan Thomas exhibition at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Museum, Singleton Park and Oystermouth Castle. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

These videos have been uploaded to the www.enjoyswanseabay.com website. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Mr Hopkins said: “It’s not just world class beaches and coastal scenery on our doorstep here in Swansea Bay. We also have a number of top quality visitor attractions that showcase the city’s history, culture and green spaces. The 360-degree videos now available of attractions like the Dylan Thomas Centre and Oystermouth Castle meet the needs of 21st century visitors, who are now often looking for online information to be as interactive as possible.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Figures show close to 4.5 million visitors came to Swansea Bay in 2014, helping support more than 5,900 tourism-related jobs. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea Council also regularly attracts expert travel writers and bloggers to Swansea Bay to further raise the profile of the destination. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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