Date Added: Feb 2012
In this paper, a new model is proposed for tourism recommender systems. This model recommends tours to tourists using data-mining techniques such as clustering and association rules. According to the proposed model, tourists are initially clustered. Self Organize Map (SOM) algorithm is used for determining the number of clusters and the clusters are created by K-means algorithm. Then, the clusters are analyzed and validated considering Quantization error, Topographic error and Davies-Bouldin error parameters. This model is implemented using two methods; according to the first method, recommendation is made based on tourists' location, and in the second method this is done based on tourists' behavioural patterns in the past.