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RecTour 2017

2nd Workshop on Recommenders in Tourism at ACM RecSys 2017

Como, Italy

August 27th, 2017


Submission deadline extended to June 29th, 2017

Call for Papers

The other cases, the blessing of the web comes with a curse – the curse of
information overload. Recommender systems are a practical tool for
overcoming this information overload. However, the tourism domain is
substantially more complicated, and as such, creates huge challenges for
those designing tourism focused recommender system. Planning a vacation
usually involves searching for a set of products that are interconnected
(e.g. means of transportation, lodging, attractions etc.), with a rather
limited availability, and where contextual aspects may have a major impact
(timing, social context, environmental context). In addition, and most
importantly, products are emotionally “loaded” and considered “experience
goods;” therefore, decision taking is not only based on rational and
objective criteria (i.e., system 2 thinking). As such, providing the right
information to visitors of a tourism site at the right time about the site
itself and various services nearby is challenging. Thus, this environment
makes building effective recommendation systems within tourism extremely

RecTour 2017 will focus on the specific challenges for recommender systems
in the tourism domain. Having a workshop focused on tourism will provide an
opportunity for RecSys participants working in this area to discuss specific
issues of interest. We also hope to attract additional, domain specific
professionals that initially might not consider attending RecSys.

The primary goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners from different fields, e.g., tourism, recommender systems,
user modelling, user interaction, mobile, ubiquitous and ambient
technologies, artificial intelligence and web information systems, so as to
discuss and illustrate applications of these technologies in tourism
recommender systems of the future. During the workshop, we will identify
typical user groups, tasks and roles in order to achieve an adequate
personalization and recommendation for tourism applications. Important
aspects and topics to be discussed evolve around (but are not limited to):

• Specific applications and case studies (evaluation)

• Specific methods and techniques for tourism recommenders

• Novel ICT and its impact on travel and tourism

• Integrating data – exploiting data from various sources, i.e., catalogues,
Linked Open Data, and usage logs

• Context and mobility in tourism

• Cold-start problem in the context of tourism recommenders

• Preference elicitation in tourism

• Emotions and tourism recommenders

• Interaction

• Interaction concepts with personal (mobile or desktop) and group (on-site
public or desktop) displays

• Information needs, information access (incl. visualisation) and search

• Collaboration, communication and sharing aspects in the process of tourist
information consumption

• Personalized explanations and feedback of recommendation systems

• Digital storytelling, narratives, smart summaries and recommendation


Important Dates

Submission deadline: extended to June 29th, 2017

Notification: July 14th, 2017

Camera-ready deadline: July 31st, 2017

Deadlines refer to 11:59pm (Anywhere on Earth).


Submission Guidelines

Submission types are long research papers reporting on complete research (8
pages plus up to 1 page references), short papers reporting on work in
progress (4 pages plus up to 1 page references), position papers reflecting
on emerging topics (2-4 pages), demonstration systems showcasing novel
aspects or providing the opportunity to interact (demo-summaries 2 pages) as
well as project ideas discussion innovative research proposals and late
breaking ideas (2-4 pages). All contributions must be relevant to the Call
for Papers of RecTour 2017.

RecTour 2017 submissions should be prepared in PDF format according to the
standard double-column ACM SIG proceedings format. The peer review process
is double-blind, i.e., all submissions must not include information
identifying the authors or their organization. All submissions and reviews
will be handled electronically through the EasyChair submission site:


All excepted submissions will be published in the workshop proceedings
(CEUR-WS). Authors of selected papers, moreover, will be invited to submit
extended versions of their papers to an upcoming special issue on Internet
of Things and Smart Tourism of the Journal of Information Technology &
Tourism (JITT) published by Springer.



·      Julia Neidhardt, TU Wien, Austria

·      Daniel Fesenmaier, University of Florida, USA

·      Tsvi Kuflik, The University of Haifa, Israel

·      Wolfgang Wörndl, TU München, Germany


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Tsvi Kuflik, PhD.

  Associate Professor,

  Co-chair of the Digital Humanities BSc program,

  Information Systems department,

  The University of Haifa

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