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Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems
Vienna University of Technology
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Opening new dimensions for e-tourism

H. Berger, M. Dittenbach, W. Merkl, A. Bogdanovych, S. Simoff, C. Sierra
Virtual Reality, 11-2-3
75 - 87
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Business Informatics
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Information and Communication Technology
In this paper we describe an e-Tourism environment that takes a community-driven approach to foster a lively society of travelers who exchange travel experiences, recommend tourism destinations or just listen to catch some interesting gossip.<br> Moreover, business transactions such as booking a trip or getting assistance from travel advisors or community members are constituent parts of this environment.<br> All this happens in an integrated, game-like e-Business application where each e-Tourist is impersonated as an avatar.<br> More precisely, we apply 3D Electronic Institutions, a framework developed and employed in the area of multi-agent systems, to the tourism domain.<br> The system interface is realized by means of a 3D game engine that provides sophisticated 3D visualization and enables humans to interact with the environment.<br> We present "itchy feet", a prototype implementing this 3D e-Tourism environment to showcase first visual impressions.<br> This new environment is a perfect research playground for examining heterogeneous societies comprising humans and software agents, and their relationship in e-Tourism.
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