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Look left, turn right.. jump! Islands offer remote tourism

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 17:15:11-04

LONDON (AP) — Remote tourism is the latest online innovation to cope with the pandemic's global quarantine measures.

The Faroe Islands tourist board is now giving locked-down web users the chance to remotely control a tour guide, moving them through the North Atlantic archipelago's quaint towns and around its volcanic islands like a real-life video game character.

Wearing helmet cameras, local guides provide commentary to web audiences remotely guiding them across the Danish semiautonomous territory, which has had less than 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths.

Nearly 50,000 people have joined the first four hour-long tours, which are webcast on the tourist board's home page.