Assessing the carrying capacity of tourist resorts: An application of tourists' spatial behavior simulator based on GIS and multi-agent system

Mountain Hazards


Based on the study of visitors' individual spatial behaviors, a tourists' spatial behavior simulator (TSBS) to assess the carrying capacity of tourist resorts was developed, TSBS employs GIS (Geographic Information System) to manage the spatial data, and Multi-Agent system to simulate the actions of individual visitors. By utilizing TSBS, visitors' travel patterns such as location, cost, and state can be analyzed and predicted. Based on this analysis and prediction, the model of assessing the carrying capacity of resorts is built. Our results show that TSBS will be an effective tool to accurately assess the carrying capacity of tourist resorts.

Key words

tourist resort carrying capacity TSBS GIS Multi-Agent simulator 

CLC number

TP 391, 9 F 590, 1 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Mountain Hazards and EnvironmentChinese Academy of SciencesChengdu, SichuanChina
  2. 2.Graduated School of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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