Integration of geomatics methodologies and creation of a cultural heritage app using augmented reality

We are working to develop a tourism app in both augmented and virtual reality environments, in order to disseminate and improve access to cultural heritage. The app allows users to see the 3D model and simultaneously access information on the site integrated from a variety of repositories. The aim is to create an immersive visit, in this case, to the church of St. Nicholas.

Global agritourism market size will grow by almost USD 54.63 billion during 2019-2023

Global agritourism market size will grow by almost USD 54.63 billion during 2019-2023, at a CAGR of nearly 18%. The trend of instant bookings has positively impacted the growth of the global agritourism market in recent years as such booking processes are associated with minimal or zero wait time.

Chinese outbound tourists use mobile payment more than cash for the first time

Several factors encourage Chinese tourists to use mobile payment abroad, with the most important being that they have already become accustomed to this fast and convenient payment method in their home country. To cite an example, the payment process with Inspiry Smart Box, one of the most popular terminals in China, is very simple: shoppers scan the QR-code generated on their mobile phones over the Inspiry Smart Box at the cashier's station to complete the payment quickly and conveniently. With a near instant response, the payment terminal eliminates the time wasted by having to make change as is the case for most cash transactions.

Asian Countries Dominate When It Comes to Passport Power in 2019

Japan goes into the new year holding 1st place on the Henley Passport Index, with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. In a further display of Asian passport power, Singapore and South Korea now sit in joint 2nd place, with access to 189 destinations around the globe. Germany and France remain in 3rd place going into 2019, with a visa-free score of 188.

Sites in Iran, Morocco and Spain recognized as important for the world’s agricultural heritage

A traditional saffron cultivation system in Iran, an argan-based agro-pastoral system in Morocco, and an ancient olive trees system in Spain today won recognition from FAO as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

EU's Call for Proposals: Innovative approaches to urban and regional development through cultural tourism

The various forms of cultural tourism in Europe are important drivers of growth, jobs and economic development of European regions and urban areas. They also contribute, by driving intercultural understanding and social development in Europe through discovering various types of cultural heritage, to the understanding of other peoples' identities and values. However, although cultural tourism by its nature invites cross border regional and local cooperation, its full innovation potential in this respect is not yet fully explored and exploited.
Applications are closed

UNWTO Partners with Niantic to Develop Innovative Tourism Experiences through Real-World Games

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with one of its newest Affiliate Members, real-world games developer Niantic, to enhance global tourism through the use of mobile augmented reality game experiences.

Virtual Helsinki aims to attract a million virtual visitors to Helsinki in 2019

Virtual Helsinki is a digital twin of Helsinki that has been created by means of 3D modelling. The aim is to profile Helsinki as a centre of VR/AR expertise, as well as to attract a million virtual visitors to Helsinki in 2019.

Aerial Virtual Reality: Remote Tourism with Drones

This paper proposes a portable system for group-based exploration of remote landscapes in real-time. The system incorporates a drone for video capturing, a Raspberry Pi for wireless communication, an Android server for streaming and control, and one or more Android clients for rendering the footage in mobile virtual reality headsets.

Rwanda and Alibaba unveil the first Electronic World Trade Platform hub in Africa

Alibaba Group and the government of Rwanda have agreed to multiple bilateral initiatives to promote the African country’s economy through increased cross-border trade, capacity building and tourism.

Travelport and IBM working to disrupt travel industry with new innovations

Blockchain to bring increased hotel options, and IBM Watson to fuel new customer experiences

Call for Applications: First Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition

The Global Gastronomy Tourism Startup Competition is a global initiative that aims to identify startups with the greatest potential to outline the future and promote sustainable innovation in the tourism and gastronomy sector.
Applications are closed

Call for Applications: Travel tech start-ups in Europe

The Call TRAVEL-TECH INNOVATION CONTEST 2018 is looking for incorporated companies, operating (mainly, but not exclusively) in the field of Travel-Tech with expertise in INCOMING / INTEGRATION OF TRAVEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS with SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE IN BOOKING and API DESIGN/IMPLEMENTATION with an idea, a project and/or in any case able to help us to RENEW the process of interfacing Zani Viaggi’s booking with the different players of the national and international market to allow real-time bookings of the experiences in the portfolio in view of the specific administrative and tax requirements that the different domestic tax systems entail.
Applications are closed

Artificial Intelligence: How can it help your hotel?

Independent hotels should be fully cognizant of the capabilities of AI and how it can help streamline processes, improve customer retention, deliver a better customer experience and provide valuable insights.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand to team up with Alibaba to establish online Thailand tourism platform

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is in the process to enter into a partnership with Alibaba, and its online travel subsidiary Fliggy.com, to develop an online platform promoting Thai small tourism operators and emerging destinations to Chinese travellers.
10 months ago

Alibaba Group and the Government of Thailand Enter into Strategic Partnership in Support of Thailand 4.0

the Government of Thailand and Alibaba entered into a strategic partnership to drive the development of Thailand's digital economy and the Eastern Economic Corridor under the Thailand 4.0 policy. Under this partnership, agencies of the Thai government and business units of Alibaba will work closely together in a number of areas, including e-commerce, digital logistics, tourism and training.
a year ago

Three technology trends that will define the future of travel

The 2018 report evaluates automation, authenticity and blockchain as three major areas for consideration.
a year ago

Call for Applications: eFounders Fellowship 2018 for Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

The eFounders Fellowship is a two-week course for entrepreneurs in developing countries who are operating open, platform-based businesses in the ecommerce, logistics, big data, and tourism spaces. The program will provide first-hand exposure to and learning about ecommerce innovations from China and around the world that enabled growth and a more inclusive development model for all.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Aurora Station to operate as the First Luxury Hotel in Space

Aurora Station will operate as the first luxury hotel in space. The exclusive hotel will host six people at a time, including two crew members. Space travelers will enjoy a completely authentic, once-in-a-lifetime astronaut experience with extraordinary adventure during their 12-day journey.
a year ago

Emaar Hospitality Group Launches Global Hunt for World's Greatest Hospitality Talent for Under 26-year-olds

Eight candidates will be short-listed and invited to Dubai in July for a one-week casting that will combine traditional and innovative selection techniques. A casting centre will evaluate the short-listed candidates for their personality, creativity, innovative approaches and genuine passion for the industry. One will emerge as the winner - the world's greatest hospitality talent - who will undergo a three-year training under Emaar Hospitality Group's senior leaders and work across the board.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Dubai Tourism to launch blockchain encrypted virtual B2B marketplace for the travel industry

Dubai will be the first city to embark on the journey of democratising travel through the use of emerging technologies as it adds an additional distribution channel for hotels in its first phase, as its recently announced 10X initiative.
a year ago

Amadeus creates NDC-X program to drive innovation in the travel industry

New Distribution Capability (NDC), created by IATA, is an XML-based data transmission standard that holds huge promise for the travel industry, and will enable travel companies, from airlines to travel agencies, to evolve travel distribution and merchandizing.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Curation of digital assets and advanced digitisation

They should provide new technologies and methods that enable, among others, richer experiences, storytelling and the linking of physically separated objects and sites, and tangible and intangible heritage. It should pay attention to the emergence of more dynamic and personalised digital resources which pose new issues in terms of curation and preservation.
Applications are closed
a year ago

KrisFlyer To Launch World's First Blockchain-Based Airline Loyalty Digital Wallet

The SIA Group’s KrisFlyer frequent-flyer programme is to launch a world-first blockchain-based airline loyalty digital wallet capability that will help unlock the value of KrisFlyer miles to enable everyday spending at retail partners.
a year ago

Cryptocurrency, Cannabis, Virtual Reality and Alternative Travel Businesses among Hottest New Industries for Startups this year

Cryptocurrency, cannabis, VR and "alternative travel:" these are among the hottest emerging industries for startup entrepreneurs in 2018, according to data culled from online graphic design marketplace 99designs released this week.
a year ago

Tourism from China to the EU more than tripled

The number of nights spent in the EU by tourists from China more than tripled over the last ten years, to reach nearly 25 million nights in 2016. Growth of tourism from China has risen more than that from other major economies such as the USA, Russia or Brazil. Tourists from China account for almost 6% of the total number of nights spent in the EU by non-EU nationals.
a year ago

Design and Implementation a Virtualization Platform for Providing Smart Tourism Services

This paper proposes an Internet of Things (IoT) based virtualization platform for providing smart tourism services. The virtualization platform provides a consistent access interface to various types of data by naming IoT devices and legacy information systems as pathnames in a virtual file system.
a year ago

Smart City and Smart Tourism: A Case of Dubai

The objective of this study is to identify best practices related to Dubai’s smart city and smart tourism. In so doing, Dubai’s mission and vision along with key dimensions and pillars are identified in relation to the advancements in the literature while highlighting key resources and challenges.
a year ago

Marriott Uses Internet of Things to Create Hotel Room of the Future

One example of how the IoT Guestroom Lab will allow for a new and better type of hotel experience is, for example, when a user asks a virtual assistant to give him or her a 6:30 a.m. wake up call so that they can then start performing yoga, or they can ask the room to request additional housekeeping services from the front desk while starting a shower at the exact temperature that the guest has specified in his or her client profile.
a year ago

Amadeus Ventures invests in AVUXI, the Startup that Ranks the Popularity of Every place on Earth

AVUXI’s TopPlace™ technology shows the most popular areas within a city through easy to understand heat map overlays, so travellers searching for a hotel on an online travel agency or metasearch site can intiutively understand the most popular places in the city they are about to visit.
a year ago

New Amadeus paper identifies four ways the Blockchain Can Transform the Future of the Travel Industry

This insight paper comes as the travel technology leader announces a new innovation approach on the eve of its 30 year anniversary. As part of this new approach, Amadeus has identified six core themes with the most potential to transform the travel industry. As well as blockchain, these include extended content, improved conversion, messaging platforms, operations & performance, and disruptive forces.
a year ago

Sabre launches first AI-powered Business Intelligence Solutions for the Hospitality Industry

Combining artificial intelligence, big data, and modern visualizations, SynXis Analytics Cloud offers predictive analytics and pattern recognition to recommend strategies that increase hotel revenue across channels.
a year ago

Nice Cote d’Azur Airport launches its 'e-concierge' application

The "E-concierge" mobile app is a hybrid personal assistant developed for travellers, to help both Côte d’Azur locals and tourists organise their everyday lives and their stay.
a year ago

Lufthansa Group partners up with Winding Tree to bring Blockchain Technology to the Travel Industry

Winding Tree is building the first public blockchain-based marketplace for travel content aiming to make travel cheaper for travelers and more profitable for providers.
a year ago

Footprint: Tourism Information Search based on Mixed Reality

This paper proposes “Footprint”, an android-based tourism information search application in a mixed reality environment, whereby it overlays tourism-related information on the image that the mobile phone camera is focused at.
a year ago

Development Of Agrotourism Through Community Organizing Of Tourism Village (in Indonesia)

The purpose of this study was to describe the community organizing that occurs in the development of agrotourism in Lombok Kulon Rural Tourism. The methods used in this study are qualitative and quantitative methods with a single case study approach.
a year ago

UNWTO launches a Travellers’ Competition to Promote Sustainability

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a travellers’ competition ahead of World Tourism Day. The initiative is part of the ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign taking place within the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. A one-month trip across the world visiting sustainable tourism initiatives is the prize that will be awarded to the winner of the competition.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Business Traveller Awards 2017 names Bangkok Best Leisure Destination in Asia Pacific

The Business Traveller Awards 2017 named Bangkok the ‘Best Leisure Destination in the Asia Pacific‘ for the second straight year, marking a record sixth time Thailand’s capital city has received this prestigious international accolade.
2 years ago

Interactive Development of Agri-Tourism bi-chain under the Background of Informatization

This paper first establishes a forecasting model for the interactive development of agricultural tourism industry chain under the background of informatization based on the time series model, and considers the situation of excluding mutants in the specific condition under the background of informationization. The forecasting model obtained can be used to forecast the future interactive development trend of agricultural tourism industry chain under the background of informatization, thus providing a scientific reference for the rapid and healthy development of agricultural tourism industry chain under the background of informatization.
2 years ago

Thailand's Tourism Marketing Plan 2018 will promote Sustainable Development and Gastronomy Tourism

TAT’s marketing plan 2018 has been designed to serve the purpose of generating revenue and increase visitor arrivals, promote new ideas and follow the development agenda of Thailand 4.0 using the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, as well as Inclusive Tourism that maintains a balance between the economy, society and the environment.
2 years ago

Augmented Reality in Tourism - Research and Applications Overview

The aim of this paper is to present an overview of both research and application aspects of using augmented reality technologies in tourism domain. While most research, and especially applications, are dealing with and developing visual-based augmented reality systems, there is a relevant amount of research discussing the utilization of other human senses such as tactioception and audioception, both being discussed within this work.
2 years ago

The Importance Of Digital Marketing In The Tourism Industry

Today digital marketing plays a critical role in the success of each business which exists in the tourism industry. This paper examines the basic determinants of digital marketing and the importance of the same in the tourism industry.
2 years ago

Sabre’s Newest Technology Forecast evaluates how Tech Trends like Blockchain, Neural Interfaces and Space Tourism are Reshaping the Travel Landscape

Sabre Corporation has released its latest technology forecast, Sabre Labs’ 2017 Radar Report. The report evaluates nine key technologies with an outsized impact on the travel landscape, looking at what’s happening today and what to expect for tomorrow.
2 years ago

IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge to Help Five Cities Improve Services to Their Residents

Smarter Cities Challenge engagements have helped cities around the world to significantly improve the quality of life for their residents. Projects informed by IBM advice have helped to upgrade skills of city staff, enabled cities to win prestigious awards, and made them more competitive.
2 years ago

Tourism key to foster trade in Least Developed Countries

Tourism can make a strong contribution to the economies of Least Developed Countries where the sector is a major exporter concludes the report ‘Tourism for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries’ launched on the occasion of the Aid for Trade Review held in Geneva.
2 years ago

UNWTO Manila Conference sets Roadmap to measure Sustainable Tourism

The outcome ‘Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism’ represents a global commitment to sustainable tourism and the need to measure it through a consistent statistical approach recognizing that effective sustainable tourism policies require an integrated, coherent and robust information base.
2 years ago

Dubai: An Urbanism Shaped for Global Tourism

In this research paper the author argue that Dubai has achieved this quest by constructing a series of what author call "places of people flows." This research mean by places of people flows, projects that have the capacity of triggering people flows to the city.
3 years ago

Towards Tourism Sustainability: General Aspects and Empirical Evidence of the Italian Experience at Decentralized Level, with Specific Reference to Sicily

Sustainable tourism was effectively one part of the effort to take full account of the current and future economic, social and environmental impacts of the sector, addressing the needs of visitors, industry, environment and host communities.
3 years ago

Alibaba Group and Government of Denmark sign MoU to strengthen Danish Exports and Tourism among Chinese consumers

China is a very promising, but also a challenging market for many Danish companies. Chinese consumers have often limited knowledge of Danish products and with the opening of an official Danish pavilion on China’s leading e-commerce market place Tmall Global, we hope to draw attention to Danish products and brands.
2 years ago

Hotels in 2060 to feature Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Morphing Beds, Robotics, Touchscreen everything, Hyper Connectivity, 3D Printers revealed Hotels.com® Hotels of the Future study

When travelers check into a hotel in 2060 they can expect it to feature augmented reality, artificial intelligence, morphing beds, robotics, touchscreen everything, hyper connectivity and much more, as revealed by the Hotels.com® Hotels of the Future study.
2 years ago

New UN report encourages African countries to harness Growing Tourism Sector

African governments should make it easier and safer for Africans to travel within the continent, the United Nations said in a new report released today, noting that tourism demand there is increasingly driven by Africans themselves.
2 years ago

See Thru Thailand app to promote Tourism and Community-based Economy

The app presents tourism destinations in 10 provinces in all regions of Thailand using new technology which will integrate the information of accommodations, attractions and restaurants available in four languages, namely Thai, English, Chinese and Japanese, to reach targeted audiences.
2 years ago

Social Media in Tourism: Establishing factors influencing attitudes towards the usage of Social Networking Sites for Trip Organisation

Tourism organisations and destination policy makers need to understand factors that influence tourist use of SNSs for trip organisation in order for them to be able to effectively utilise SNSs.
2 years ago

Zero Dollar tours damage Thai tourism industry

Prime Minister’s Office Spokesperson Major General Sansern Keawkamnerd said the government has received many complaints from tourists who traveled to the country on ‘Zero Dollar’ tours. They were tricked into buying cheap tour packages in their own countries only to find their expenses became greater once they arrived in Thailand. These foreign tourists, however, were not accompanied by the tour agencies they initially dealt with.
3 years ago

The Use of Social Media and Internet Data-Mining for the Tourist Industry

The aim of this initiative is to increase the customer´s satisfaction with the services provided, which directly correlates with the increase in the market share and viability of the organization. One of the important ways of enhancing the competitiveness is the collection, analysis, and application of data of the target groups.
3 years ago

Vietnam among World’s top 20 Fastest Growing Travel Destinations

Viet Nam ranks seventh among the world’s top 20 fastest growing travel destinations with a year-on-year increase of 24.6% in the number of foreign visitors in 2016, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
2 years ago

The Theory of Sustainable Tourism Development

When tourism growth emerges from a carefully designed and implemented strategy, tourism is documented to contribute to generating foreign exchange earnings, creating employment and income, and stimulating domestic consumption. It also brings about social and cultural development of the host communities.
2 years ago

Samui island to host Thailand Travel Mart 2018

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Koh Samui Tourism Promotion Association and members of the private sector will be co-organizing the Thailand Travel Mart 2018 event to promote tourism on Samui island.
2 years ago

Wonderful Indonesia Boosts Travel Business Contacts in Saudi Arabia

An Indonesian delegation led by Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, is on a visit to Saudi Arabia to promote the wonders of Indonesia to the travel industry in the country’s three major cities of Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah.
3 years ago

Augmented Reality Application for Smart Tour

The application creates a virtual experience, going beyond the boundaries of space and time, for cultural heritage and historical sites using wearable video players. Users can attach their smartphone to the VR machine to immerse themselves in the provided 360-degree video to experience cultural heritage remotely and find information on related persons, place, and events.
2 years ago

Cambodia Expects to receive over 5 million Foreign Visitors in 2016

This year, if there are more direct flights from different destinations, we expect an increase between 7 to 8 percent compared to 2016, he underlined. Cambodia is committed to attract some 7 million foreign arrivals by 2020, of them 2 million are Chinese, underlined the minister.
2 years ago

An Overview of the New Trends in Rural Tourism

In agritourism, authenticity is experienced by the tourists performing chores in a rural setting; the authentic feature of ethnic tourism is represented by living the life of local minorities; authenticity in ecotourism is perceived due to the ecological aspect; the authenticity in creative tourism is derived from the creative activities performed together with the locals; the authentic feature of culinary tourism is given by the fact that the tourists can experience local cuisine and beverages.
2 years ago

Thai Government pleased that Bangkok named No. 1 Global Destination City

Maj. Gen. Sansern Kaewkumnerd, spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, said that the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index report has indicated that Bangkok is the top-ranked destination city by international overnight visitor arrivals, with 21.47 million arrivals projected for this year.
2 years ago

The Theme Park Industry in China: A research review

In China, visiting theme parks has become a popular urban leisure activity, and the theme park is frequently used to project a healthy image of urban tourism. The popularity of theme parks draws academic attention to examining various issues related to the theme park sector.
2 years ago

IoT Architecture for a Sustainable Tourism Application in a Smart City Environment

This paper performs the first analysis on the feasibility of the use of an IoT approach and proposes a specific architecture for a sustainable tourism application. The architecture is tailored for the optimisation of the movement of cruise ship tourists in the city of Cagliari (Italy), by taking into consideration factors such as transport information and queue waiting times.
2 years ago

Analyzing the Online Promotion of a Tourist Destination: the case of Saariselkä (Finland)

Promoting a tourist destination online becomes increasingly popular due to the high rate of internet usage by tourists from all over the world. This paper analyzes the online image of a northern Finnish resort, Saariselkä. For this purpose, data was gathered from the official website, search engines, social media and the mobile application.
2 years ago

The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism Initiative announced two new Accelerators to support Innovative Tourism Businesses in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam

The MIST Startup Accelerator will take entries from early stage companies with either travel technology or traditional tourism business plans. The MIST Market Access Accelerator welcomes applications from mature international tourism startups needing assistance entering the region. Applicants must demonstrate how they will create jobs, generate positive community impact and contribute to sustainable tourism growth in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, or Viet Nam.
2 years ago

Development of Agrotouristical Sector in Romania

The agrotouristical sector allows demand to space by engaging in recreational activities, sports and cultural entertainment, respond to the urban population growing interest towards the natural heritage and rural culture, having important implications in terms of economic and socio-political life of the Romanian village.
2 years ago

Myanmar Eyes More Investment in Responsible Tourism, Promotes Best-kept Beach Destinations

According to figures from the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, foreign direct investment in Myanmar's hotel and tourism projects has reached almost USD 3 billion in 2016. Singapore (USD 1.6 billion) is on the top of the list as the biggest investor, followed by Thailand (USD 445 million) and Vietnam (USD 440 million). As of November 2016, FDI in the tourism sector had generated 56 projects, compared with 48 projects in 2015 that totaled USD 2.6 billion.
2 years ago

Tourism Sector Assessment, Strategy, and Road Map for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (2016-2018)

The national tourism sector strategies of Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, and Viet Nam (CLMV) focus on infrastructure and service quality improvements to increase tourism expenditure, maximize income and employment generation from tourism and linked industries, and reduce the negative social and environmental impacts of tourism. Priority projects to improve public infrastructure require the most resources, followed by human resource development, negative impact management, marketing and promotion, and travel facilitation.
2 years ago

Drachmae Travel Introduces Blockchain Travel Competition and Investment Tool for Globetrotters

Drachmae Travel Club, an exclusive blockchain travel portal is conducting a competition for travelers. The 'Bitcoin Altcoin and Blockchain Competition' requires participating travelers to record the travel details and expenses incurred during their trips in the last year. The winners will be judged by the platform based on their travel, spending, reasons for travel and the currencies used during the course of their trip.
3 years ago

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