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Digital tours of Fikardou now available

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People considering a visit to the village of Fikardou can now check it out beforehand from their comfort of their own homes after a group from the Cyprus University of Technology (Tepak) created a fully digitised platform for the village, known as ‘e-fikardou’.

The e-fikardou platform provides “fully digitised models of the entire village and its monuments” as well as an interactive e-book, a VR tour, and downloadable applications which include maps of the village’s cycling and walking routes.

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It was presented recently in Brussels by Tepak PhD candidate Orestis Rizopoulos, who told an international tourism conference how the project “serves as a vessel for collected data and generated knowledge designed to offer a unique, integrated, and educational experience and engagement with Fikardou”.

Rizopoulos said “approximately 40 per cent of all European tourists make a destination choice based on the cultural offerings” of the place in question, and therefore promoting the cultural offerings of Fikardou via a digitised platform would encourage tourism to the village and its surroundings.

For more information visit https://digitalheritagelab.eu/

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