GrouPlanner aims to conduct studies, research and experimentation under the topic of Group Recommender Systems and is meant to support groups of Chinese tourists in every aspect of travel planning and selection of Points of Interest (POI) to visit in the North of Portugal. The system should, in a first instance, aid groups in selection of one (e.g.: hotel, city, etc.) or multiple alternatives (e.g.: POI) from a set of alternatives (according to the preferences and interests of each group member) and in a following step, support each group member along the stay, instilling a greater sense of security. As a result, the system intends to maximize the group satisfaction in several dimensions. The system should be as ubiquitous as possible and consider social and cultural aspects. Artificial Intelligence techniques will be considered and tested. This project involves ISEP, Turismo do Porto e Norte de Portugal, E.R. and Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The Priority Axes for Intervention of the Development Strategy of the Plan of Action for Tourism Development in the North of Portugal, namely axis 3 (Marketing and Regional Tourism Promotion) and 5 (Dynamization, Monitoring and Information - Intelligence) will be taken into account. It will also be considered as the main domain the Symbolic Capital, Technologies and Tourism Services of Intelligent Specialization in the North of Portugal. Other domains of RIS3 are also targeted, such as the Resources and Economy of the Sea (nautical tourism), Agro-environmental and Food Systems (local gastronomy) and Life and Health Sciences (Health Tourism and Well-being).