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A digital transformation approach in hospitality and tourism research

Xusen Cheng (School of Information, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Tong Xue (School of Information, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Bo Yang (School of Information, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Baojun Ma (Shanghai Key Laboratory of Brain-Machine Intelligence for Information Behavior, Shanghai, China and School of Business and Management, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, China)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 9 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Because of the COVID-19, the digital transformation of global hospitality and tourism speeds up. This paper aims to provide comprehensive frame of the digital transformation for further hospitality and tourism research.

Design/methodology/approach

Through conducting a critical review of the impact of COVID-19, the current situation about the application of digital technology and digital transformation in hospitality and travel, this study used a qualitative approach to present the viewpoints.

Findings

This research presents a theoretical research framework for the hospitality and tourism about digital transformation, including possible directions, contexts and methods. It highlights the importance of digital transformation, and further proposing specific research topics.

Research limitations/implications

This research brings valuable implications and guidance for future research from the aspects of key research streams, research context and methodological approaches in hospitality and tourism about digital transformation.

Originality/value

This paper supplies existing critical reviewed research through paying attention to the digital transformation approach in hospitality and tourism, providing research guidance technically to the industry of hotels and travel.

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Acknowledgements

This work was partially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 72271236, 72061147005, 71871061, 72172092, 71772017), Beijing Association of Higher Education 2022 General Program (Grant No. MS2022294), Innovative Research Team of Shanghai International Studies University (Grant No. 2020114044) and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 2019114032). Authors also appreciate the support from School of Interdisplinary Studies in Renmin University of China and Metaverse Research Center in Renmin University of China.

Citation

Cheng, X., Xue, T., Yang, B. and Ma, B. (2023), "A digital transformation approach in hospitality and tourism research", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-06-2022-0679

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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