Amazon Explore offers virtual tours around the world

Amazon is getting into the travel game — virtually.

The company launched Amazon Explore on Wednesday, which lets you book virtual, interactive experiences such as landmark tours, art walks, local shopping and expert-led animal experiences. But bookings are only by invitation, for now.

Amazon Explore lists dozens of experiences around the world that range in price and length. For example, users can pay $90 to virtually tour Kyoto’s Higashiyama neighborhood with a local guide; $45 to remotely cook traditional Bolognese with an Italian chef; $70 to shop around Quebec’s scenic Quartier Petit; or $39 to get up close and personal with sloths and toucans in Costa Rica. The private tours allow users to point to what interests them and direct the guide with a click of their mouse.

The offerings are powered by local tour operators,

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Hudson Swafford prevails at PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Club and Resort Championship

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Hudson Swafford lost control of the tournament without ever losing any confidence he could hit the right shot when it counted.

Standing in the 13th fairway Sunday in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, he had a four-shot lead. Walking off the 15th green, he was tied.

“Honestly, I hit one bad golf shot all day,” Swafford said of his 9-iron that he didn’t finish and led to the bogey on the 15th.

With the tournament on the line, he delivered.

Swafford hit a three-quarter 6-iron on the par-3 17th to 10 feet for birdie to regain the lead, and then reminded himself how well he had been putting when he stood over an 8-footer for par on the final hole for the victory.

“Its like, ‘Man, just hit another solid putt. Just one more solid putt,'” Swafford said.

He closed with a 3-under

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Singaporean guide takes visitors on virtual tours of Kyoto, Latest Singapore News

Together with his pet dog Mori, he takes tourists from all over the world to Japan’s imperial capital, Kyoto, with the click of a button.

To stay afloat amid the pandemic, many travel companies have turned to virtual tourism, and so has Singaporean Lee Xian Jie, 30, a Kyoto-based travel guide.

The co-founder of travel company Craft Tabby charges 1,000 yen, or $13, for a 75-minute tour of Kyoto’s waterfall at Mount Inari.

Up to six participants can join the online tour.

Speaking to The New Paper last week from the Ryujinmura Village in Wakayama, Japan, he said: “The travel restrictions saw an almost 100 per cent drop in business in April. I wanted to transcend physical boundaries to share what Kyoto has to offer.”

In April, Mr Lee conducted the Flower Hunting in Kyoto with Mori the Doggo, a walking tour with his four-year-old “wild dog” he adopted in

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Hornet sting, birdies take Hudson Swafford to lead at PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — A hornet sting early and a bunch of birdies late carried Hudson Swafford to a 5-under 67 on Friday for a two-shot lead going into the weekend of the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

Joining him in the final group will be Sean O’Hair, who missed an entire year with a torn oblique and returned just in time for the COVID-19 pandemic to shut down golf.

Swafford played in the morning when it was humid along the Caribbean Sea but without much wind. He started on the back nine and it was largely uneventful, except for that hornet that stung him on the joint of his pinky finger while he reached for his putter after playing one hole.

“It started swelling up, so I was just kind of rubbing ice on it after tee shots for the first five, six holes on the back

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