In the case of tourism applications, it is particularly evident that
geography is emerging as a fundamental principle for structuring
Web resources. Recent improvements in semantic and geographic Web
technology, often referred to as the Geospatial Web, acknowledge
the relevance of adding location metadata to existing databases and
accessing the vast amounts of information stored in these databases
via geospatial services. This paper outlines the acquisition of geospatial
context information, describes usage scenarios and real-world applications
in the tourism industry, and presents an automated software tool
for annotating large collections of Web documents automatically.
The quality of this tool is tested based upon Web pages from the
Austrian National Tourism Organization. Initial results are encouraging
and help define a roadmap for further improving the automated tagging
of tourism resources.
Keywords: geotagging, text mining, information retrieval, tourism information systems