Challenges in Recommender Systems for Tourism

Manoj Reddy Dareddy

In this position paper, we outline some of the challenges facing recommender systems in the tourism domain. The problems in this domain are unique compared to the traditional recommender systems. The challenges outlined in this paper include: dynamic itinerary planning, mobile platform, evaluation methods, group recommendation, social network, integration, serendipity, user modeling, privacy and robustness. We provide an overview for each of the topics and present the opportunities for improvement. The tourism domain consists of a large amount of information stored digitally and recommender systems can act as a filter that can personalize the experience for every tourist.

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