As a research project I have developed an itinerary service. The idea started when I was doing a hackathon with colleagues for the city of Amsterdam (see earlier post). I wanted to recommend an itinerary to a tourist visiting the city of Amsterdam. Furthermore, I wanted to make the itinerary based on the user’s interests to recommend interesting places and activities for him in the city. If the user is interested in modern art for example, the recommendation scores for modern art museums will increase for that user.
The tool divides the duration of the tourist’s stay into separate time slots. For example, a single day could be divided in 3 time slots: morning, afternoon, evening. POIs get a different recommendation score for each time slot they can be visited. The Vondelpark for example could be less recommended on Monday morning because of expected rain or because of expected crowds. On Tuesday morning the Vondelpark could be recommended because of an interesting event or nice weather.
The itinerary tool will try to limit travel time between the recommended POIs (point of interests). In this way the tourist will not waste time on travailing. The user can also set a budget for the entire itinerary.
By taking all these considerations into account the tool should be able to aid the user in making good decisions about which places to visit and when to visit them.
Here is a screenshot of the user interface of the itinerary tool that was created as part of the research project: