Space and time analysis of tourist movements using semi-Markov process

Xia, J and Zeephongsekul, P 2009, 'Space and time analysis of tourist movements using semi-Markov process', in R.S. Anderssen,, R.D. Braddock and L.T.H. Newham (ed.) International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Proceedings 18th IMACS World Congress, MODSIM09, Cairns, Australia, July 13-17 2009.


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Title Space and time analysis of tourist movements using semi-Markov process
Author(s) Xia, J
Zeephongsekul, P
Year 2009
Conference name The 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation
Conference location Cairns, Australia
Conference dates July 13-17 2009
Proceedings title International Congress on Modelling and Simulation: Proceedings 18th IMACS World Congress, MODSIM09
Editor(s) R.S. Anderssen,
R.D. Braddock
L.T.H. Newham
Publisher The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc. and the International Associn
Place of publication Australia
Abstract Tourist movement is a complex process, but it provides very useful information for park managers and tourist operators. This paper aims to establish a sound methodology for modelling the spatial and temporal movement of tourists, with the objectives of understanding, predicting, controlling and optimising the decisions made by them as they go about choosing the attractions they want to visit. Tourist movements, in this paper, are modelled as discrete processes between specific tourist locations, which could be located some distance apart. A Semi-Markov process has a Markov chain and a renewal process embedded within its structure. Therefore, the Semi-Markov chain can be used to understand the interaction of tourists with attractions as a sequence of movements over time, rather than their interaction with individual attractions.
Subjects Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience
Keyword(s) semi-Markov process
tourist movement
space and time analysis
Copyright notice Copyright © 2009 The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc. and the International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation. All rights reserved.
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