IDENTIFICATION OF OPTIMUM PATH FOR TOURIST PLACES USING GIS BASED NETWORK ANALYSIS: A CASE STUDY OF NEW DELHI
Network Analysis and Geographic Information System (GIS) is an emerging field of tourism offers an opportunity in development of modern tourism applications. Today time is considered precious as gold. If time is used sensibly, more information can be access in a limited time and manner. People, as a tourist, want to visit different places of sightseeing in a defined time. They need to have detailed and consummate information about those places. Today using Internet GIS technology it is possible to take a deliberated decision to visit different tourist places effectively. One can virtually visit the tourist places and determine the optimum path for the visit. Determining shortest route planning for tourist from one destination to another will be both time saving and economical. Tourism planning becomes essential especially in metropolitan cities like Delhi, where the heavy traffic condition exists.
The aim of this paper is to explore the GIS based Network analysis for rout optimization of tourist places in Delhi city. The study determines the optimal route for the tourist origin to destination places including visiting time at each tourist destination. Route analysis is based upon the impedance, which is cost attribute (time or length) of road network. Analysis is done on the basis of estimated traveling time and distance in terms of time and length impedance. The study concludes that if length chosen as impedance, shortest path in terms of distance is suggested, but if time is chosen as impedance then it creates a quickest route in terms of the estimated speed according to the width of the road. Network analysis enhances the potential of tourism and in turn enhancing the satisfaction of the tourist. Internet GIS and application for tourism network analysis help users to provide optimum planning for tourism.
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