Muskie School of Public Service

Muskie School/Cutler Institute Lunch & Learn - Dr. Tracy Michaud

Join us for our next Muskie School/Cutler Institute Lunch & Learn with Dr. Tracy Michaud and undergraduate student Colleen Metcalf!

When: Wednesday, October 27 from Noon to 1 p.m.

What social media VGI can tell us about changing travel patterns in Maine

Tracy Michaud-Assistant Professor of Tourism & Hospitality

Colleen Metcalf-undergraduate student in Geography-Anthropology

 You can learn alot about a destination by looking at images posted on social media, but you can learn just as much by mapping the Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) attached to the photos. VGI allows researchers to trace travel patterns of different groups of people in a place through time. This has proven especially helpful to tourism researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic as collecting VGI data is remote, immediate, free, and in large quantities. The COVID-19 pandemic increased interest in visiting Maine due to its rural outdoor nature offerings and safe, fresh-air brand. Discussed in this session is recent VGI research indicating that long entrenched travel patterns in Maine changed during the pandemic, having public health, economic, and tourism development implications now and into the future.  

When: Wednesday, October 27 from Noon to 1 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 831 1093 6468