Rural Tourism #smartrural

When travelling through Spain and France lately many beautiful sites had cafes with outdoor terraces. Really pretty and cool in the heat. However nearly all had signs saying there was no service on the terrace. So many many visitors went in , bought what they wished and took it to the terrace to eat.

The owners could not manage the staffing of the terraces as they had no idea when people might arrive, how many might arrive. They really wanted to give a better experience to their guests and also would like to give some work to someone.

So when #smartrural is up and running it should be possible to give some advance warning or at least use some algorithms to try to assist owners when demand might rise.

A combination of weather forecasts, historical information on visitor numbers, nearby events, special promotions in local attractions,  opening hours, traffic movements out of cities, should all provide information to give service providers advace warning that would enable them to adjust staffing levels, food purchases etc etc.

This information is all there, it just needs to be brought together and used. There is little doubt that if it was working then the experience of customers would be better and this might make them return more frequently. #smart rural