Enriching Travel Guidebooks with Travel Blog Entries and Archives of Answered Questions

  • Kazuki Fujii
  • Hidetsugu NanbaEmail author
  • Toshiyuki Takezawa
  • Aya Ishino
Conference paper


Travellers planning to visit particular tourist spots need information about their destination and they often use travel guidebooks to collect this information. However, guidebooks lack specific information, such as first-hand accounts by users who have visited the specific destination. To compensate for the lack of such information, we focused on travel blog entries and archives of answered questions. In this paper, we propose a method for enriching guidebooks by matching and aligning the information with blog entries and questions answered (QA) archives. This is a three-step method. In Step 1, we classify pages of guidebooks, blog entries, and QA archives into five types of content, such as “watch,” “dine,” etc. In Step 2, we align each blog entry and QA archive with guidebooks by taking these content types into account. In Step 3, we match each blog entry and QA archive with individual pages in guidebooks. We conducted some experiments, and confirmed the effectiveness of our method.


Travel guidebook Blog QA archive 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuki Fujii
    • 1
  • Hidetsugu Nanba
    • 1
    Email author
  • Toshiyuki Takezawa
    • 1
  • Aya Ishino
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Information SciencesHiroshima City UniversityHiroshimaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Information Systems in BusinessHiroshima University of EconomicsHiroshimaJapan

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