Exploring the spatial charactersitcis of Beijing inbound tourist flow base on geotagged photos

Authors: Jing Qin*,
Topics: Applied Geography, Recreational and Sport Geography
Keywords: geotagged photos; tourist flow; area of interest; spatial characteristics
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The city tourist flow provides a key path for connections between tourism elements and spatial organization, and its influence on urban traffic organization, public service facilities and leisure tourism industry layout has also been increasing. This paper examines spatial characteristics of inbound tourist flows within a city. Firstly, all photos with geographical and attribute information in Beijing from 2004 to 2015 are obtained from the Flickr API interface using data mining technology. Then, a series of data cleaning methods are used to control initial data quality and a database is established. Finally, spatial pattern of inbound tourist flows and spatial characteristics of areas of interest (AOI) are analyzed using various methods including P-DBSCAN and Markov chain. The main results are as follows: ① Spatial characteristics of AOI in the historic center (the region inside the 2nd ring road ), the central urban area (the region between the 2nd and 5th ring road) and the suburbs (the region outside the 5th ring road) in Beijing are significantly different: ② The traditional, historical and cultural AOI dominate other AOI. Meanwhile, the commercial, shopping and leisure AOI as well as modern city function related AOI are becoming more and more attractive. ③ Inbound tourist flows are mainly distributed in AOI of the historical districts and the northwest and east of the central urban areas. Moreover, there is no big tourist flow between the suburban regions. Overall, the inbound tourist flow in Beijing follows a radioactive distribution centered at the historic center.

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