Because of the inefficiency in analyzing the comprehensive travel data, tourism managers are facing the challenge of gaining insights into travelers’ behavior and preferences. In most cases, existing techniques are incapable of capturing the sequential patterns hidden in travel data. To address these issues, this article proposes to analyze the travelers’ behavior through geotagged photos and sequential rule mining. Travel diaries, constructed from the photo sequences, can capture comprehensive travel information, and then sequential patterns can be discovered to infer the potential destinations. The effectiveness of the proposed framework is demonstrated in a case study of Australian outbound tourism, using a data set of more than 890,000 photos from 3,623 travelers. The introduced framework has the potential to benefit tourism researchers and practitioners from capturing and understanding the behaviors and preferences of travelers. The findings can support destination-marketing organizations (DMOs) in promoting appropriate destinations to prospective travelers.
- data mining
- geotagged photo
- sequential rule mining
- travel diary
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management