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Database integration and management

Trend

Data queries and searches

Routing

Spatial analysis

Spatial modeling

Decision support

What has Measure tourism changed? impacts

Which is the best route?

Visitor management/flows

What Modelling if…?

Analyze relationships associated with resource use Assess potential impacts of tourism development

Pattern

What is the pattern?

Table 2: Capabilities of a GIS

Problem Benchmark/database

GIS Application

Systematic inventory of tourism resources Facilitating

Environmental management monitoring of specific indicators Mapping recreational conflicts: recreation- wildlife; user conflict Wilderness perceptions Prediction Identify suitable locations for tourism/recreation development Simulating and modeling spatial outcomes of proposed tourism development Integrating socio- economic and environmental datasets within a given spatial unit Decision support systems Conflicts Tourism behavior Carrying capacity Data integration Development control and direction

Table 3: Common tourism-related issues and GIS applications

Conclusion

The paper discusses the fields related to Tourism and the various technologies available to enhance the existing infrastructure. The technologies mentioned are mostly applicable in advertising and attraction sectors. Using the modern technologies, the present situation of tourism in whole India and especially Kerala can be improved tremendously.

Acknowledgements

We are indebted to Dr. K.R Srivathsan, Director, IIITMK for his keen interest in this work and providing all support and guidance.

References

  • 1.

    White Paper on Advertising Strategy and Information Technology in Tourism by Ulrike Gretzel, Yulan Yuan, Daniel R. Fesenmaier (NLTeC).

  • 2.

    Information Technology: Its Uses in Tourism Industry by Mekonnen G and Egziabher (Catering and Tourism Training Institute)

  • 3.

    GIS applications in tourism planning (GIS Seminar paper).

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