Inspiration

Tourist numbers are unpredictable, which leads to a poor experience for tourists in popular areas. In the peak periods, main attractions are packed and uncomfortable while in the lean period, they are empty. This leads to underutilization of tourist spaces. This also make its hard for local companies to build and manage facilities. We unlock insights from historial and current tourist data to improve the tourist experience.

What it does

Predicts tourist footfall, outdooractive page views and page clicks based on facilities present there, difficulty of activities and so on. This is used as feedback for tourism agencies and local governments to improve the tourist experience, and also by tourists to avoid crowded spots.

How I built it

Scrape tourist popularity measures from the outdooractive.com website, and tourist facility information using their Data API. Train machine learning models on this data to then predict the popularity of a tourist spot given its features.

Challenges I ran into

Fast web scraping, machine learning model tuning

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Built a minimum viable product (MVP) with about 8 hours of effort. Used the Outdooractive API and learnt about web scraping

What I learned

New technologies and the kind of data that is present in the tourism industry, how to scrape websites. Implemented linear regression from scratch in Numpy

What's next for HappyTrip

Use more kinds of data from the outdooractive API and other sources such as Google Maps, Google review to improve the accuracy of prediction

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