Travel / Hospitality

‘Big data’ to help tourism

16th Oct `13, 07:54 AM in Travel / Hospitality

The Japan Tourism Agency is keen to fulfill its mission of making Japan a popular destination by using…

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The Japan Tourism Agency is keen to fulfill its mission of making Japan a popular destination by using so-called big data, the collection of massive amounts of digital data.

To help develop new tourism spots and routes, the agency plans to collect big data from travelers via the Global Positioning System and their mobile phones or other devices. A working group of experts, soon to be formed, is expected to establish a method by the end of March to analyze the data. The agency plans to collect big data—various information such as messages posted on social media sites—from about 700,000 tourists in eight areas across the nation.

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