Start Date

8-5-2020 12:00 AM

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Muskie School of Public Service

Advisor

Tracy Michaud, PhD

Abstract

Tourism is Maine’s largest industry; A University of Maine study in October 2019 shows that 1 out of 10 jobs are in Maine’s hospitality sector. Growing and protecting this industry is of vital importance to various stakeholders across the state. Data about how and where our visitors spend their time can inform this process. Traditional data collection methods can be costly and time consuming. This study incorporates new data collection techniques, utilizing new “big data” sources. Flickr.com is a public photo sharing website. The metadata from geotagged photos obtained from its API contain a record of unique experiences. The spatial aspect of this data can provide new insights into how and where our visitors spend their time. This study will explore the experiences shared by Flickr users visiting the Portland Peninsula from 2015-2019. Looking for patterns in the use of space, based on authenticity factors identified by traditional survey methods. These new insights could help guide future resource allocation and influence decision making regarding Maine’s tourism industry.

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Visualizing Authenticity: Combining Traditional and “big data” techniques to map visitor perceptions of authenticity in Portland, Maine

Tourism is Maine’s largest industry; A University of Maine study in October 2019 shows that 1 out of 10 jobs are in Maine’s hospitality sector. Growing and protecting this industry is of vital importance to various stakeholders across the state. Data about how and where our visitors spend their time can inform this process. Traditional data collection methods can be costly and time consuming. This study incorporates new data collection techniques, utilizing new “big data” sources. Flickr.com is a public photo sharing website. The metadata from geotagged photos obtained from its API contain a record of unique experiences. The spatial aspect of this data can provide new insights into how and where our visitors spend their time. This study will explore the experiences shared by Flickr users visiting the Portland Peninsula from 2015-2019. Looking for patterns in the use of space, based on authenticity factors identified by traditional survey methods. These new insights could help guide future resource allocation and influence decision making regarding Maine’s tourism industry.

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