Our virtual tour across the Atlantic Area continues to the South to Madeira island (Portugal), where TIDE project partners from Madeira Tourism Board are currently working in the development of their pilots.
TIDE is using digital technologies to network historical maritime tourism attractions in the Atlantic Area under four main themes: Napoleonic era, Spanish Armada, World Wars and Atlantic Migrations. Madeira has great connections with all of them and will take advantage of the digital transformation to create new tourism packages. Our Portuguese partners will use Virtual Reality (VR) to develop three pilots that aim to improve the tourism sector and increase the number of visitors to their attractions.
QR codes to travel back to the World War 1
In 1917 the city of Funchal was bombarded by a German Submarine that caused damage to properties (churches and houses) and caused the loss of lives. “With this Pilot Project, using the QR code technology, we wish to immerse visitors with an informational video about this event in strategic places, such as museums”, states TIDE partner Sara Freitas.
The Sugar Cane, a migration movement in a video
Madeira has explored the sugar cane since the 15th century. The expertise and knowledge of the locals gave them the opportunity to migrate to Hawaii (United States) to work on the sugar cane plantations. “Although with short contracts, many stayed, and the influence of Madeira's culture is visible nowadays in many of Hawaii's communities”, continues Sara. Using relevant documentation from the period (pictures and documents, among others), Madeira Tourism Board wish to recreate in video format this migration movement to enhance the Sugar Cane and Rum route in Madeira.
Spanish Armada through a camera
Ever since the discovery of the island, Madeira has been an important port for many trade routes and has witnessed many battles since the 15th century. Nowadays, it is possible to visit the remains of sunken ships while diving. Through the TIDE project, Portuguese partners wish to join storytelling and technology resources to offer a new virtual experience to visitors. The creation of videos with the stories of many ships will provide the opportunity to visit them in a virtual medium.