Improving tourism prediction models using climate and social media data: A fine-grained approach

Amir Khatibi, Fabiano Belem, Ana P. Silva, Dennis Shasha, Jussara M. Almeida, Marcos A. Gonçalves

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Abstract

Accurate predictions about future events is essential in many areas, one of them being the Tourism Industry. Usually, countries and cities invest a huge amount of money in planning and preparation in order to welcome (and profit from) tourists. An accurate prediction of the number of visits in the following days or months could help both the economy and tourists. Prior studies in this domain explore forecasting for a whole country rather than for fine-grained areas within a country (e.g., specific touristic attractions). In this work, we suggest that accessible data from online social networks and travel websites, in addition to climate data, can be used to support the inference of visitation count for many touristic attractions. To test our hypothesis we analyze visitation, climate and social media data in more than 70 National Parks in U.S during the last 3 years. The experimental results reveal a high correlation between social media data and tourism demands; in fact, in over 80% of the parks, social media reviews and visitation counts are correlated by more than 50%. Moreover, we assess the effectiveness of employing various prediction techniques, finding that even a simple linear regression model, when fed with social media and climate data as input features, can attain a prediction accuracy of over 80% while a more robust algorithm, such as Support Vector Regression, reaches up to 94% accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018
PublisherAAAI press
Pages636-639
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357988
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018 - Palo Alto, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2018Jun 28 2018

Other

Other12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018
CountryUnited States
CityPalo Alto
Period6/25/186/28/18

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Keywords

  • Climate data
  • Machine learning
  • Social media
  • Time-series analysis
  • Tourism demand prediction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Khatibi, A., Belem, F., Silva, A. P., Shasha, D., Almeida, J. M., & Gonçalves, M. A. (2017). Improving tourism prediction models using climate and social media data: A fine-grained approach. In 12th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2018 (pp. 636-639). AAAI press.