|dc.description.abstract||Visit Harford — Harford County, Maryland’s destination marketing organization — would like to
improve its Visitor Tour Planning Application to enhance the touring experience for people
visiting the county.
The current application shows each point of interest individually and lacks an integrated way to
show visitor’s a tour of all the points of interest (museums, breweries, and monuments). As a
result, visitors have to find and map every point of interest one by one.
To improve this experience, this project aims to attract tourists to the county and make them
aware of the various activities happening in the county. The county envisions a web and
mobile-based user application that will provide visitors with tour recommendations based on
sites’ locations and business hours, and the visitor’s time preference.
This tool will benefit visitors by providing intelligent tour recommendations for visiting points of
interest based on location, time preferences, and selected categories (landmark, art, sports,
lodging, etc.). The visitors will have the freedom to seamlessly plan personalized tours based on
the categories they select and without switching back and forth between details of each point
To achieve this, data from GIS class—points of interest (POI), address, category (landmark, art,
sports, lodging, etc.), contact, business hours, descriptions, and geocoding details (mainly
longitude and latitude information)—of the various attractions will be made available to the
app development team, which will then use it to map tours using either Google Maps or other
openly available mapping application programming interfaces (APIs).||en_US