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Wetis – a Web based tourist information system for East Slovakia

Author(s): Gejza M. Timčák | Heinz Schleusener | Jana Jablonská

Journal: Acta Montanistica Slovaca
ISSN 1335-1788

Volume: 14;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 205;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: information system | heritage | tourism | East Slovakia | Web | database

Services like tourism have to use the possibilities of modern advertising and data presentation. In particular, these includethe World Wide Web (WWW). This platform brings its products and services directly to the customers. To place the information abouta region and its tourist offer in optimal manner, requires an exact definition of elements in the planned tourist info systems and theirpresentation. WETIS is the acronym of the “Web based tourist information system”.The WETIS elements and their integration into other services, the data structures and types, maps and their interactivityare considered. Furthermore, the paper presents tourism related data of selected Slovakian villages and cities. Finally, a reportregarding the demonstration web page and its future development is given.Usually, the tourist information systems on the web relate to the most interesting historical or cultural sights in the region. In thisway, the beauty of the many towns and villages is not appreciable and thus tend to be left out of tourist programmes. In order to fillthe gap, a project was initiated at the Institute of Geotourism, where students cooperated in mapping the actual situation in the fieldand gradually covering all the villages and cities of the region of East Slovakia.The project is still an ongoing project and the data upload is still incomplete. The WETIS contains useful information on a givenlocality. The detailed photo-documentation makes it possible to see each building of interest at a given locality. In order to avoidexcessive data load for the WETIS users, the detailed data interesting only for professionals are available only on demand.

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