Pokémon Go Celebrates The Spirit of Travel This World Tourism Day
Happy World Tourism Day!
In partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO, Niantic, Inc., a global leader in augmented reality behind the hit real-world mobile games Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Ingress Prime are celebrating the first-ever World Tourism Day in Pokémon GO! It is now live and for a few days, trainers can take advantage of a ton of in-game bonuses including new research tasks and Shiny Pokémon to catch. Super cool!
Over the last year, UNWTO has been partnering with innovators from across the world, promoting the use of new technologies through the newly created UNWTO Tourism Tech Adventures, as well as through global startup competitions. UNWTO’s partnership with Niantic, Inc aims to support innovations by identifying trends and new ways of travelling in a digital world.
The latest Pokémon Go event will commence on Thursday, September 26 and end on Tuesday, October 1 at 4 p.m. EDT, featuring more ways to get region-exclusive Pokémon.
What are the new features? (According to the official site of Pokémon GO!)
Mime Jr., the Mime Pokémon, will be making its debut in Pokémon GO! It will be available in 5 km Eggs in Europe (sorry Malaysia!). Readers in Europe, if you’re lucky, you might hatch a Shiny Mime Jr.!
Region-limited Pokémon is now available in Eggs!
The following Pokémon will be available in 5 km Eggs in their respective real-world regions: Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Tauros, Heracross, Corsola, Volbeat, Illumise, Torkoal, Zangoose, Seviper, Lunatone, Solrock, Tropius, Relicanth, Pachirisu, Mime Jr., Chatot, Pansage, Pansear, Panpour, Heatmor and Durant.
Here’s a list of region-exclusive Pokémon that can be hatched:
- Farfetch’d – Asia
- Tauros – North America
- Kangaskhan – Oceania
- Heracross – Central and South America
- Corsola – Coastal areas between 26 and 36 degrees latitude
- Volbeat – Europe, Asia, Oceania
- Illumise – Americas, Africa
- Torkoal – India and South-East Asia
- Seviper – Americas and Africa
- Zangoose – Europe, Asia and Oceania
- Lunatone – Europe, Asia and Oceania
- Solrock – Americas, Africa
- Tropius – Africa
- Relicanth – New Zealand
- Pachirisu – Northern Canada, Russia and Alaska
- Chatot – Southern Hemisphere
- Mime Jr. – Europe
- Pansage – Asia Pacific
- Panpour – Americas
- Pansear – Europe, Africa
- Heatmor – Western Hemisphere
- Durant – Eastern Hemisphere
Shiny Pokémon rivals spotted! If you’re lucky, you might encounter a Shiny Zangoose or a Shiny Seviper in the wild in their respective real-world regions!
New shirt! Check out a new United Nations World Tourism Organisation T-shirt, available in Pokémon GO! Style Shop!
Wait, there’s MORE!
Specially-themed Field Research tasks will be available for a limited time during this event.
Decreased Stardust costs for trading! Trading Pokémon will cost 1/4 less Stardust.
Spin PokéStops for extra XP! Earn 2× XP when you spin the Photo Discs of PokéStops you haven’t visited before!
Niantic was founded with the purpose of creating innovative real-world experiences leveraging powerful mobile technology that foster exploration, discovery and exercise with others. Their real-world games including Ingress Prime, Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite have been enjoyed by millions of people around the world to date. Niantic also hosts real-world community celebrations for their beloved games, uniting hundreds and thousands of Pokémon GO Trainer’s at their Pokémon GO Fest events Chicago, United States, Dortmund, Germany and Yokohama, Japan in the summer of 2019. Reports revealed that at the Pokémon GO Fest Dortmund 2019, half of all visitors were international and came from 90 different countries and regions. UNWTO’s mission is to promote and support responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism, and we’re so proud to be partnering with an organisation who shares our values of exploration and adventure.
Putting Niantic on the job makes sense. Pokemon Go had literally millions of people meandering around at launch and is still insanely popular. And the mechanics did all seamlessly fit into the idea of exploring the real world, which is basically tourism anyway and what the United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has tasked them with doing.
So, here’s to keeping these steps in mind when travelling to make it a rewarding experience, aside from the places you visit and the people you meet. Let’s GO!
*Featured image sourced from PokemonGo Company