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A System and Method for Decision Support with City Events to Promote Sustainable Tourism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241145D
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 146K

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Tourism is the temporary movement of people to places away from their residence for new experiences. It helps to promote economy of cities. But when not planned well, tourism can degrade quality of life in cities for both citizens and hamper prospects of attracting new visitors. We look at the problem of how to promote tourist events while also helping improve handling of operational day-to-day issues in the context of those events. Our novel solution is to have a dual view of events as high-level human tourism triggers and as low-level operational issues. Different stakeholders use high-level human events as context to take action on low-level operational events and drive appropriate actions.

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A System and Method for Decision Support with City Events to Promote Sustainable Tourism

Tourism promotion is a key function of modern cities to grow economic activities there and increase job opportunities. But when not planned well, the upside comes at the cost of increased traffic jams, crime

and environment degradation, that can impact future growth.This work deals with disseminating tourist events and handling of operational events in the context of such human activities that trigger them.

We represent the social movement needs of people as "human-level " events. They contain information about name, description, location, time and expected attendance as basic information. Some popular examples are:


Political rally
Exposition/ Seminar
Sports match
Religious festival

They are published and advertised by governments, businesses and citizens in print and digital media, meant to be discovered by tourists and citizens. We also call them tourist or visitor events.

Now many stakeholders in a city are interested in seeing that any incidents, called "operational events", happening during the tourist events, are handled effectively so that attendees of the human-level event have positive experience. Some examples are:

Traffic department looking and controlling traffic situation

Fire and police departments looking at public safety situational Health officials looking for sanitation and preventing disease outbreak Public relations and tourist department seeking to promote city image Private event organizers and hotel operators seeking more business

The prior art here falls under two categories - listing visitor events and managing city incidents. However, they are handled in isolation operation.

Specifically, prior art in listing human events by media are:

Event listing sites, like [1] by media companies and [2] by startups in India;

In Europe, there is CitySDK [3] standard for listing such events. in EU Mobile apps for managing events.

Example, for Bangalore [5]

Open 311 APIs in US and Europe [4]

However, they

Miss how many people are expected or will attend. This is key to do any demand analysis
Do not have information from the government, one of the biggest organizer and handler of events Do not support analysis like what events can be attended together (for people) or can cause problems (for city)

We are focusing on:

Gathering events with additional aspect of people impact (demand, consequent civic demands). This is what we call human- or tourist- events
Analysis on human- events like cumulative impact when happening at same time or nearby regions
Analysis and diagnosis of operational- events, in the context of collected human- events Multi-city analysis when human- events are collected on the same platform across different cities.


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Details of the solution

Our solutions consists of:
Forming a dual view of events: high-level human events and low-level operational events

Both have name, description, location, time as ba...