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Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 241–262 | Cite as

Mytilene E-guide: a multiplatform mobile application tourist guide exemplar

  • Michael Kenteris
  • Damianos Gavalas
  • Daphne Economou
Article

Abstract

This paper introduces an approach of enhancing the tourism experience by incorporating a tool that adopts a “web-to-mobile” model into tourism websites that allows for the adaptation of personalized tourism web content to be transferred to a mobile application hosted at users’ mobile device. These applications upon installation to mobile devices allow for browsing of adapted multimedia content with no requirement for constant network connection. Furthermore so we convey the development experiences of a multiplatform mobile tourist guide aimed at producing a personalized mobile guide application used in both an online and offline modes offering services to tourists such as a personal profiling-based recommendation system, a commenting system and location-based services. This paper focuses on the design, implementation and usability case study of a Multi-Platform Tourist Guide system for the Municipal Council of Mytilene, Greece.

Keywords

Mobile tourism Tourist web platforms Web-to-mobile model Mobile clients Mobile porting 

Notes

Acknowledgement

The research presented herein has been partially funded by the project “Development of a Digital Multimedia Guide of the Municipality of Mytilene for Portable Devices”, funded by the European Initiative Leader PLUS (2000–2006).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Kenteris
    • 1
  • Damianos Gavalas
    • 1
  • Daphne Economou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cultural Technology and CommunicationUniversity of the AegeanMytileneGreece

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