Today many tourists read online tour reviews before planning their trips. However, it is stressful to thoroughly check online reviews because of a huge amount of information. In this paper, we propose a tour recommendation system based on online reviews. The system recommends tour reviews written by other tourists who have similar interests in tours to the user. The user’s interest in tours is extracted from a review and it is modelled as a document vector based on the Word2Vec model. Interest matching between the user and other travellers is performed based on the vector space model. The proposed system is tested on a data set including 259,084 tour reviews and compared with a conventional recommendation system which is based on the BoW (bag-of-words) model. The experimental results show that the proposed system is effective and promising.
In this paper, a methodology for reinforcing sustainability in supply chain (SC) model is proposed. For the sustainability, economic, environmental and social issues are considered in the SC model which consists of various facilities at each stage. Each issue considers i) the minimization of total cost, ii) the minimization of total amount of CO2 emission and iii) the maximization of total social influence. The SC model with reinforced sustainability is represented as a mathematical formulation and implemented using a hybrid approach. In numerical experiment, two scales of the SC model are presented and the performance of the proposed hybrid approach is compared with those of the some conventional approaches. The experimental results show that the proposed hybrid approach is more efficient than the competing approaches.
According to the White Paper on Tourism for 2018, 17.89 million Japanese people travelled abroad, and 28.69 million foreigners came to Japan for sightseeing in 2017. It can be said that it is just the time of sightseeing right now. Therefore, knowledge of tourism has become more and more important, and the necessity for using English, which can be said to be a world common language, has increased. As a measurement of English communication competence needed at tourism sites, the “Tourism English Proficiency Test” started in 1989. In this study, English sentences of the “Tourism English Proficiency Test” were examined, and compared with other proficiency tests and English textbooks for junior high and high school students in terms of metrical linguistics. In short, frequency characteristics of character- and word-appearance were investigated using a program written in C++. These characteristics were approximated by an exponential function. Furthermore, the percentage of Japanese junior high school required vocabulary and American basic vocabulary was calculated to obtain the difficulty-level as well as the K-characteristic of each material.
A door opening/closing movement is one of the necessary motions in the activity of daily living. In this study, we investigated the factors that affect the standing position of a door opening movement. Ninety-three young healthy volunteers (58 female and 35 male) participated in this study. We recorded the door opening/ closing movement using a GoPro Hero 4® camera from the ceiling under the following conditions. A hinged or sliding door was placed on a walkway with or without a simulated wall next to the door. After some images were taken from the camera, the distance between the great toe of the former foot and the door/wall (TD/TW distance) was calculated. The relationship among TD/TW distance and physical features were analysed by using multiple regression analyses. There were significant differences between TD and TW distance depending on door type, and wall presence showed a significant difference in TW distance. TW distance and the height were significant predictors of TD distance. TD distance was a significant predictor of TW distance. The result showed that the surrounding environment and the physical features affected the door opening movement.
Since its start in 2008, Furusato Nozei Seido, or hometown tax donation program, has expanded its size. Many existing papers focus on the program’s history, mechanism and “unhealthy” competitions among local governments. Little attention has been given to how the donations are used. In this study, the data for the program in 2018 were used to calculate policy project priority scores of local governments in allocating newly funded money. The results showed that the most prioritized project was child care, followed by education. Tourism was in the fourth place. The priority scores were also used to calculate correlations with official tourism and natural disaster data. The tourism scores and tourism data showed weak negative correlations, suggesting that local governments with lesser tourists used the fund from the program to promote tourism. The resilience scores and disaster damage data showed positive moderate correlations, suggesting that local governments with large damage utilized the fund from the program for recovery and future prevention of the disaster. Hometown tax donation program is a part of regional revitalization strategy, which set job creation as one of the most important objectives. The local governments are advised to use the fund more on tourism, one of the most promising growing industries.
On the 21st (Tue) of August 2018, governor of Hawaii David Ige declared a state of emergency in the state of Hawaii due to the approach of the large hurricane Lane. Following the declaration of a state of emergency, each of Hawaii’s cities were immediately put in a state of high alert. Hurricane information was provided, and hurricane countermeasures were implemented quickly and thoroughly. This paper analyzes intelligence on hurricane measures in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, one of the world’s leading tourist cities.
In this paper, the focus is on “dialogue” as one of the methods to activate internal organization. Dialogue is generally recognized as a method of person to person relationship building. However, because an organization is a group of people, it was hypothesized that application of dialogue to the organization might be possible. According to literature research, it was found that dialogue was also effective for activating organization. Furthermore, this paper analyzes the case of organizational transformation of ISUZU Motors, a leading automobile manufacturing company in Japan. Analysis shows that “dialogue” played a major role in the success of the change. So far, support by individuals through career counseling was shown to be effective in activating organizations. Individual support through counseling was also shown to be effective in activating organizations. In this paper, focusing on “dialogue,” it is suggested that it could be applied to organizations and could be one of the effective methods for its activation.
This research proposes a tourism information provision system that can be used by multiple users. The system allows that visitors intuitively obtain information of an exhibited object by a pointing gesture. To realize multi-user operation, this paper proposes an authentication method using directional speakers and smartphones. The system is highly robust because it does not malfunction when people cross.