“Multiple Sightseeing Scheduling System” Enabling Tourist Guidance Specialized for Time Performance

“Multiple Sightseeing Scheduling System” Enabling Tourist Guidance Specialized for Time Performance

Kazuya Murata (Toyo University, Hihashimatsuyama, Japan) and Takayuki Fujimoto (Toyo University, Kawagoe, Japan)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/IJSI.2019070105

Abstract

Recently, the number of foreign tourists coming to Japan has increased explosively. In 2006, the number of the foreign visitors was 7.3 million people, 10 years later, it reached 24 million people in 2016. The reason is various Japanese tourism policies such as “Visit Japan Project” and “Cool Japan.” As a result, Japan's travel and tourism competitiveness of 2015 was one of the highest in the world. However, problems are still left in the current Japanese sightseeing situation. In addition, recently visitors are enjoying sightseeing Japan in various ways. As well as famous sightseeing spots, the number of foreign tourists and travelers to visit the “local-based type” stores has been increasing. But, it is not easy to find those kinds of “local-based type” places. To solve the problems, the authors develop “Multiple Sightseeing Spot Scheduling System” that enables a new sightseeing guide.
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2. Purpose

As indicated above, currently, travel and tourism competitiveness of Japan is one of the highest in the world. But, a problem is still left in the Japanese sightseeing situation. It is a problem with the information environment on sightseeing spots and stores in Japan (Japan Tourism Agency Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, 2015).

For example, there are not many places with the foreign language correspondence. Of course, there are a lot of stores with the foreign language correspondence, but the stores with no foreign language correspondence still exist. In addition, there are few places where the credit card payment is possible, although the credit card payment is a basic means of payment in the foreign counties. Also, the traffic such as the subway or the buses in Tokyo is complicated and it is hard for the foreign tourists and travelers to understand the traffic without frustration. Sightseeing of Japan has these problems.

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