Web Extra: Hot Springs Debuts Virtual Reality Tourism Film

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A popular attraction at Sunday’s Main Street Food Truck Festival in Little Rock highlighted one of the capital city’s neighbors to the west.

Visit Hot Springs set up viewings of its new virtual reality film that gives you a unique look at the popular tourist town.

Participants put on VR viewing goggles and could choose from two films: one with fast-paced action and another that moved a tad slower.

This was the first time the film has been made available to the public for viewing.  Visit Hot Springs plans to take the setup to various conventions in an effort to recruit people to the town.

One of the organizers of the project said he got the idea after viewing a VR film at last year’s Hot Springs Film Festival.

The video above shows a timelapse of our news director’s daughter watching the flick.  A frequent visitor to Hot Springs, the 7-year-old said she said watched things she wasn’t familiar with in the city and was anxious to visit again.  She naturally described it as “awesome.”

According to Visit Hot Springs, this is the first VR tourist film promoting an Arkansas city.

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