I’ve put together a short tutorial to introduce TourSim, a prototype tourism model. If you are having any problems getting the model to run, please contact me.

1. Make sure you have JAVA enabled on your web browser. Launch the model. Navigate to the ”Tourism Scenarios“ section of this website, and click on one of the scenarios listed. For this example, we will use the “Tourist Port of Entry Scenario”.

2. Your JAVA control panel (a small browser window) should launch, and you will be asked to click on an acknowledgement that this model was made with AnyLogic educational version. Click ’OK’ to continue.

3. You should now see the Model Setup Page:

TourSim Start Page

4. This page describes the scenario, gives further instructions, and will let you manipulate some of the initial starting points of the simulation, or Model Parameters. In this particular example, you can adjust average length of stay, and annual growth rate (%).

5. Once you have set the initial parameters (or left them for the default scenario), you can select your View Options. This allows you to select to see results just for a particular location, or type of tourist. The default setting is to see all tourist trips to Nova Scotia.

6. A new addition to the model is Development Options. For this, you can select to use the existing range of accommodation options, or add a seasonal (may to october) hotel at Baddeck. I would suggest running the model at least twice to see the difference that adding this hotel makes to tourist arrivals and income at Baddeck.

7. Click on the “Run the Model” button to launch the model.

8. You will now see the main model page, and the model will start running. Travel routes between destinations will begin to thicken, as more tourists travel on a particular route, and 6 dynamic charts will begin to record model results. Please note that these charts show results for the location you selected under the View Options. The charts include:

– Cumulative number of tourist visits and number of visits per day. A tourist visit is considered to be any overnight stay by an individual or group traveling together.

– Total expenditures, and expenditures per visit.

– Accommodation and activities selected by tourists visiting selected destination.

TourSim Model Running

9. At the top of the page is a toolbar with a number of important controls. This is a picture of the toolbar:

TourSim Toolbar

The first four buttons control the execution of the model (play, step, pause, and stop). When you launched the model it automatically opened as if the play button had been pushed. The simulation automatically stops after three years, or when you push the red stop button. The next series of buttons shows what speed the model is being run at. This has no effect on how the model runs, but just speeds up or slows the visualization. The default time speed is “16″, but you can speed up or slow down the rate at which the model runs, by pressing the “minus clock” button, or the “plus clock” button. You can also see the simulated calendar time of the model in the lower left corner of the model window.

10. Please note that since TourSim begins from a ‘zero state’ on January 1st (i.e. there are no tourists already traveling around Nova Scotia), it takes some time for the model to “spin up”, as tourists move throughout the model, results generated at the start of the year (particularly expenditures per visit, and visits per day) are not particularly accurate.

11. Once the model finishes running, you can click on the “Add results for comparison and re-run the model” button. This will take you back to the Model Setup Page, and add your results to the comparison charts. You can now re-select your parameters and view options, and re-run the model, comparing the results from different model runs.

Click here to run the model!

TourSim Model Results Comparison


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Research on GIS, Open Data, and Mobile Technology, supervised by Peter A. Johnson at the University of Waterloo

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