One Shared Vision story theme: Heritage of the Future

We’ve jumped forward to the year 2030. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020, tourism has become more digital. The global and local environmental footprint of tourism has reduced as people now take fewer flights. People increasingly explore the heritage city of Bath and the beautiful north east Somerset market towns and surroundings using virtual reality, which are great fun and a good way to get to know the area. Through technology you can experience coal mining life of the Somerset coalfields, working in Keynsham’s former chocolate factory, the changing seasons in the beautiful parks and countryside and perhaps also participate in university seminars or sing in Bath Abbey’s global choir.

That said, many people still visit the city and surrounding areas in person, receiving a warm welcome. Business is doing well as visitors spend more time here than they used to, due to the range of activities on offer. We’re using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to give local and international visitors highly personalised itineraries so they get the best out of the in-person experiences. It could be shopping on Bath’s famous high street of local, independent shops, going on bird and wildlife safaris by electric bike around the Chew Valley, to seeing where Emperor Haile Selassie ran the Ethiopian Government whilst in exile. The use of AI also takes the hassle out of making bookings and itineraries are optimised to avoid queuing. 

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