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Tourist Route Optimization in the Context of Covid-19 Pandemic

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  • Cristina Maria Păcurar

    (Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Transilvania University of Braşov, 29 Eroilor Blvd., 500036 Braşov, Romania
    These authors contributed equally to this work.)

  • Ruxandra-Gabriela Albu

    (Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business Administration, Transilvania University of Braşov, 29 Eroilor Blvd., 500036 Braşov, Romania
    These authors contributed equally to this work.)

  • Victor Dan Păcurar

    (Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering, Transilvania University of Braşov, 29 Eroilor Blvd., 500036 Braşov, Romania
    These authors contributed equally to this work.)

Abstract

The paper presents an innovative method for tourist route planning inside a destination. The necessity of reorganizing the tourist routes within a destination comes as an immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis. The implementation of the method inside tourist destinations can bring an important advantage in transforming a destination into a safer one in times of Covid-19 and post-Covid-19. The existing trend of shortening the tourist stay length has been accelerated while the epidemic became a pandemic. Moreover, the wariness for future pandemics has brought into spotlight the issue of overcrowded attractions inside a destination at certain moments. The method presented in this paper proposes a backtracking algorithm, more precisely an adaptation of the travelling salesman problem. The method presented is aimed to facilitate the navigation inside a destination and to revive certain less-visited sightseeing spots inside a destination while facilitating conformation with the social distancing measures imposed for Covid-19 control.

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  • Cristina Maria Păcurar & Ruxandra-Gabriela Albu & Victor Dan Păcurar, 2021. "Tourist Route Optimization in the Context of Covid-19 Pandemic," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 13(10), pages 1-17, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:13:y:2021:i:10:p:5492-:d:554486
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