[Tagging] tourism=guest_house or tourism=bed_and_breakfast ?

Andrew Errington erringtona at gmail.com
Fri Oct 18 10:35:49 UTC 2013

On Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:47:51 Dudley Ibbett wrote:
> From a tourists perspective it is quite important to know whether it is
> self catering accommodation or not.  It is also important to know whether
> it is a single building unit (i.e. house,cottage,chalet) as opposed to a
> number of units in a building (i.e. apartments).  I would be inclined to
> use tourism=apartments for the latter.  Types of tourist accommodation do
> seem to be quite country specific.  There are very few tourist apartments
> in the UK but they are very common in Croatia for example. I would agree
> that tourism=chalet would seem to be the most appropriate tag for a gîte.

Surely it's simply a matter of tagging "There is accommodation of some kind 
here" and including a URL to the website?  There is very little point in 
slicing the data so thinly, especially since renderers will paint a little 
picture that probably looks identical for any class of tourist accommodation.

With a website URL, the OSM map user can hop over to the hotel's site and read 
all about the number of rooms and facilities.

What I really think would be nice is to specify an osm.xml file that a 
business can put on its website.  Inside OSM we would tag the place with a 
URL for that file, and we copy a small set of basic tags taken from that 
file, sufficient to render the object.  Periodically we can automatically (or 
semi-automatically) refresh the tags with the content of the file. (If there 
is no file, or no URL we just tag manually as we do now).  Then at runtime, 
whenever someone seems interested in the place the mapping app uses the URL 
to fetch the contents of the XML to display to the user.  The advantage of 
this is that it distributes the data, and allows the site owner to maintain 
the details without filling OSM up with useless cruft.  The XML file could 
even be dynamic and contain current vacancies, prices, upcoming closures (for 
renovation) etc.

Best wishes,


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