We all love taking selfies, but they are often unable to show the surrounding scenery. Australia gives tourists a reason to put the selfie stick away, Tourism Australia has developed a new app which allows tourists to ‘super-size’ their selfies. The app, called the ‘Giga selfie’ has been added to the Tourism Australia’s Japan site. At different famous spots around Australia, cameras have been installed, to allow tourists to take pictures of themselves and the surrounding scenery from up to 111 meters away. “To take their enormous selfies travelers stand on a designated shooting spot and then use the ‘Giga selfie’ app on their Smartphone to prompt a distant camera to capture them and the surrounding landscape. A link is then emailed to the photo taker and they can share their image as a short video clip which starts as a close up selfie and pulls back to reveal their location”. Tourism Australia explained.
The motivation for this concept came from a survey, in which it was found that Australia’s sixth largest inbound visitors are from Japan, and their favorite form of photography was the selfie. The selfie service is provided by Tourism Australia with the hope of attracting Japanese tourists. Tourism Australia’s managing director John O’ Sullivan said that Japan was an important tourism market for Australia with more than 320,000 Japanese visitors travelling down under in the past year, contributing more than $1.4 billion in visitor spending. “With new air services coming online this year there is a real opportunity to further grow travel from Japan and capture the renewed interest in Australia as a travel destination”, O’ Sullivan said. “The ‘Giga selfie’ campaign will help to raise the level of conversation about Australia in Japan as people share their incredible experiences of holidaying here with their friends and family back home, and in turn helping to encourage more Japanese travelers to follow in their foot-steps”.
Tourism Australia announced that the first two “Giga selfie” cameras will be available for tourists to use at locations in Queensland’s Gold Coast resort region on September 5 and 6 from 11 am to 4pm. Check out the videos below to see how it works.
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