SanTour : towards personalized hiking trails adapted to health profiles

Calbimonte, Jean-Paul (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Zappellaz, Nancy (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Hébert, Emeline (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Simon, Maya (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Délétroz, Nicolas (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Hilfiker, Roger (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)) ; Cotting, Alexandre (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis))

Health tourism represents a promising niche still insufficiently exploited in Europe and Switzerland. Hiking has been a popular tourist activity for years and staying healthy is an important motivation for hiking. However, physical and psychological limitations in potential hik- ers often represent an unsurmountable barrier to complete a particular path. This mismatch between trail and user results in a poor visitor ex- perience, affecting negatively both the user and the touristic destination. This paper presents SanTour, a novel concept in health tourism centered on the needs of visitors by considering their physical capacities and lim- its, as well as their expectations. SanTour exploits two main knowledge bases: one centered on the user, including a health profile, and another centered on the hiking trails. In a pilot phase, the concept has been prototyped and tested on a limited scale, with support from a tourist of- fice in Switzerland. We plan to further develop this application that will provide an innovative service to hikers by cross-referencing their physical abilities and the characteristics of the hiking trails.


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Conference Type:
full paper
Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
HEdS-VS
HEG-VS
Institute:
Institut Informatique de gestion
Institut Santé
ITO-Institut de Tourisme
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Publisher:
Cáceres, Spain, 05-08 June 2018
Date:
2018-06
Cáceres, Spain
05-08 June 2018
Pagination:
12 p.
Published in:
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Knowledge Graphs on Travel and Tourism at the 18th ICWE 2018
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