MAGIC TOUR: MULTIMEDIA AND GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM BASED TOURISM APPLICATIONS AUTHORING SYSTEM
Programme: THIRD FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME Programme Acronym: ESPRIT 3 Contract Type: NO CONTRACT TYPE Start Date: 1994-05-01 End Date: 1996-10-31 Contract No: N/A Role for TUC/MUSIC: Contractor Funding for TUC/MUSIC: 168000.0 Euros Principal Investigator for TUC/MUSIC: Stavros Christodoulakis
The main objective of MAGIC TOUR was to develop a multimedia and spatially-oriented Authoring System to support the automatic low cost generation of electronic applications for tour operators, tourist bureaus and travel agencies. In order to validate the authoring tool in different situations corresponding to real life problems, the MAGIC TOUR project included a second part in which the Authoring System was tested and validated. The test was conducted developing three typical kinds of tourism application prototypes. The three applications, also used as demonstrators to support dissemination and promotional activities, constituted an additional main objective of the project. From a commercial point of view, the availability of an Authoring System specifically designed to develop tourism application allows to increase the competitiveness of the partners due to the significant reduction of development costs. From a technical point of view, the major project objective was the integration of the multimedia and GIS technology. This allows to provide the final user of tourist application with new classes of functionalities based on vector data (i.e. route optimisation, proximity calculus, etc), in addition to the usual multimedia functionalities. Optimised itineraries satisfying specific user needs are calculated and proposed to the user through an advanced graphical interface.