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Accessing Cultural Tourist Information Via a Context-Sensitive Tourist Guide

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Recent developments in both wireless communications and personal navigation technologies have made the concept of location-aware services both feasible and economical. Indeed, it is widely projected that the market for such services will increase substantially in the coming years. Obviously this market will provide significant opportunities and challenges for the tourism sector. In this article, a vision of how an electronic context-aware tourist guide might operate is presented. An implementation of such a guide, designed to meet the particular needs of cultural tourists, is described. Finally, some issues that require further research before such systems can be deployed are identified.

Keywords: Cellular telecommunic; Tourist information systems

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Practice and Research in Intelligent Systems and Media (PRISM) Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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  • Information Technology & Tourism is the first scientific journal dealing with the exciting relationship between information technology and tourism. Information and communication systems embedded in a global net have profound influence on the tourism and travel industry. Reservation systems, distributed multimedia systems, highly mobile working places, electronic markets, and the dominant position of tourism applications in the Internet are noticeable results of this development. And the tourism industry poses several challenges to the IT field and its methodologies.
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