This is the first episode of the speciAlps Podcast series „Guiding visitors, preserving the nature experience“.
When we explore nature in the Alps, we leave traces – in the real world and in the digital world. The first podcast episode explores how artificial intelligence (AI) can help guide visitors away from sensitive or congested places. AI is nothing new, but the amount of data and increasingly efficient algorithms are opening up new possibilities, says Karolina Taczanowska of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. „In tourist destinations today, AI can already predict congestion and bottlenecks of use.“ The other two podcast guests Vešna Kobal and Urška Starc Peceny from the company Arctur explain how the use of AI could relieve Slovenia’s tourist hotspots, based on the „Mountaineering 4.0“ project.
A brief preview on the further episodes:
Episode 2 – Mastering the „last kilometer (August 2023)
In many tourist destinations, car traffic leads to traffic chaos and overcrowded parking lots. How to solve this problem?
Episode 3 – Nudge visitors (November 2023)
Where is nudging used in visitor management and what forms does it take? How effective is it for sustainable tourism? This podcast is based on a webinar on 21 September 2023.
Episode 4 – Defining and applying carrying capacities (January 2024)
How many visitors can a destination handle and how to apply limits?
Photo (c) AffianXD_Pixabay
The project speciAlps Podcast is supported by CIPRA International and the community network Alliance in the Alps. It is made possible by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection.