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ICT and sustainable tourism development: an innovative perspective

Alisha Ali (Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK)
Andrew J. Frew (School of Arts, Social Science and Management, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology

ISSN: 1757-9880

Article publication date: 11 March 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this research is to foreground information and communication technology (ICT) as an innovative approach for sustainable tourism (ST) development of destinations. ICT is the technology required for information processing which facilitates data processing, information sharing, communication, searching and selection. This paper concentrates on the Abernathy and Clark model and its usefulness in applying ICT as innovative in managing ST.

Design/methodology/approach

An online survey was administered to destination managers and to eTourism experts. Destination managers were selected as they were identified as the person responsible for the overall management of a Destination Management Organisation. eTourism experts were identified as someone who possesses special expertise, knowledge and skills on ICT applications to tourism and offered expertise on which ranged from such areas as electronic distribution, recommender systems, user-generated content, online communities, mobile technology, technology acceptance, tourism networks and Web 2.0. This was followed by semi-structured interviews.

Findings

These ICT tools were found to be innovative for information management and distribution for critical decision-making. Innovation was fostered through the use of ICT for ST by leading to a better understanding of the tourism product, monitoring, measuring and evaluating, forecasting trends, developing partnerships and engaging and supporting stakeholder relationships. ICT would provide novel ways of approaching marketing, energy monitoring, waste management, and communication for destinations.

Originality/value

This research is important in demonstrating the value that technology can have to ST and further develops the work on tourism innovation theory.

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Citation

Ali, A. and J. Frew, A. (2014), "ICT and sustainable tourism development: an innovative perspective", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 2-16. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTT-12-2012-0034

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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