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VRUMTM: A Tool for Modelling Travel Patterns of Self-Drive Tourists

  • Nicholas Holyoak
  • Dean Carson
  • Doris Schmallegger

Abstract

This paper describes’ a geographic information system (GIS) developed to visualise the road routes selected by self-drive visitors to outback Australia. These visitors are typically on multiple destination trips. While existing data sets describe locations of overnight stops, they do not show the locations visitors come into contact with between overnight stops. The Visualising Relatively Unpredictable Movement (VRUMTM) system imputes complete travel paths for selfdrive visitors, allowing destinations and businesses to assess where they fit in trip itineraries VRUMTM has proven valuable as a tool for visualising changes in travel patterns over time. The system may be readily adapted to other destinations.

Keywords

self-drive tourism tourism GIS multiple destination travel dispersal touring routes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Holyoak
    • 1
  • Dean Carson
    • 2
  • Doris Schmallegger
    • 3
  1. 1.Transport Systems CentreUniversity of South AustraliaAustralia
  2. 2.School for Social and Policy ResearchCharles Darwin UniversityAustralia
  3. 3.School for BusinessJames Cook UniversityAustralia

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