RecTour 2021 - Workshop on Recommenders in Tourism

Online in Conjunction with ACM RecSys 2021 (September 27, 2021 to October
1st, 2021)


Call for Papers

The rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICT)
and the web completely transformed the tourism domain and created new online
intermediaries competing and replacing traditional travel agents and
agencies. Nowadays travelers actively search for information and compose
their vacation packages according to their individual preferences. When
onsite, they also predominantly rely on digital companions and tools  to
plan, schedule and enjoy their stay.  

Recommender systems have thus developed to become indispensable tools for
overcoming information overload and matching users with a wide variety of
different tourism services such as transport, accommodation or activities
and events. However, compared to, for instance, online commerce the tourism
domain is substantially more complicated, and as such, creates huge
challenges for those designing tourism-focused recommender systems. Planning
a vacation usually involves searching for a set of products that are
interconnected (e.g., means of transportation, lodging, attractions), with a
rather limited availability, and where contextual aspects may have a major
impact (e.g., time, location, social context, environmental context). In
addition, products are emotionally “loaded” and considered experience goods;
therefore, decision making is not only based on rational and objective
criteria. 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

RecTour 2021 will therefore focus on the specific challenges for recommender
systems in tourism and will bring together researchers and practitioners
from different fields, such as tourism, recommender systems, user modelling,
user interaction, mobile, ubiquitous and ambient technologies, artificial
intelligence and web information systems, to discuss and illustrate
challenges and applications of these technologies in tourism recommender
systems of the future. Important aspects and topics to be discussed revolve
around (but are not limited to):

*	Specific applications and case studies (evaluation);
*	Specific methods and techniques for tourism recommenders;
*	Novel ICT and their impact on travel and tourism;
*	Data integration from various sources (e.g., catalogues, Linked Open
Data, usage logs);
*	Context and mobility in tourism;
*	Tourist trip recommendation and route planning;
*	Cold-start problem in the context of tourism recommenders;
*	Preference elicitation in tourism;
*	Emotions and tourism recommenders;
*	Personalized interaction and conversation strategies
*	Repercussions of COVID-19


Important Dates

Submission deadline: August 5th, 2021

Notification: August 28th, 2021

Camera-ready deadline: September 11th, 2021

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


Submission Types and Guidelines

Long research papers reporting on complete research (14 pages maximum
excluding references); short research papers reporting on work in progress
(7 pages maximum excluding references); position papers reflecting on
emerging topics (4-7 pages excluding references); demonstration papers
showcasing novel aspects or providing the opportunity to interact (4 pages
maximum excluding references). Moreover, we specifically invite industry to
submit relevant showcases as position or demo papers to the workshop.  

RecTour 2021 submissions should be prepared in PDF format according to the
single-column ACM publication workflow
( The peer
review process is single-blind, handled electronically through EasyChair:

Accepted papers will be included in the RecTour 2021 proceedings and at
least one author of each accepted contribution must attend the workshop.
After acceptance, no additional authors can be added.



*	Julia Neidhardt, TU Wien, Austria
*	Wolfgang Wörndl, TU Munich, Germany
*	Tsvi Kuflik, The University of Haifa, Israel
*	Markus Zanker, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy


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Tsvi Kuflik, PhD.

 Professor of Information Systems

  Co-chair of the Digital Humanities BSc program,

  Information Systems department,

  The University of Haifa

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