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Remote Control Tourist

A world-first tourism initiative, Remote Control Tourist saw four real people explore Melbourne by 'remote control' over five days in October.

The Remote Control Tourists wore helmet-mounted cameras and took direction on what to explore via Twitter and Facebook. They received more than 8,700 requests.

People from around the world experienced Melbourne in real time via live video feeds – their eyes and ears – as the virtual tourists visited top attractions, ate in renowned restaurants, hung out in cafes, chatted with locals and rode their bikes around town.

Over the five days, the Remote Control Tourists visited 321 businesses and travelled over 109 kilometres (68 miles) by bike or foot. They visited the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Federation Square, ventured on stage with King Kong and danced at the opening of the Melbourne Festival. They explored inner suburban neighbourhoods such as Collingwood, Fitzroy, St Kilda and South Yarra.

People from over 158 countries and 3,888 cities checked out the website, attracting more than 103,000 hits and over 150,000 views of YouTube videos.

 

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