This paper aims to examine the floating dry dock and 3D printing technologies in relation to the ways in which they have the potential to complement each other. This relates to how the tourism and maritime industries in Jamaica could become more robust and competitive.
This study used a qualitative approach through the application of personal interviews and data from secondary sources.
Although Jamaica is positioning itself to become one of the leading maritime and logistics centres in the world, the government has not fully taken advantage of the fourth industrial revolution and its enabling factors. The integration of the floating dry dock with 3D printing technology has the ability to advance Jamaica from its current position to become a more economically viable country.
Time was a limitation for the researchers in conducting this study. As a result, a more robust field study is needed to fully understand the impact of the fourth industrial revolution technologies on the maritime and tourism industries.
An investment in a floating dry dock and 3D printing technology will spur job creation. The researchers expect improved economic activity in Jamaica resulting from many businesses being created and/or improved.
The quality of life is expected to increase because of the greater economic yields the country will receive from such investments.
This paper explored the combination of the floating dry dock and 3D printing technologies and their impact on the tourism and maritime industries in relation to increasing service value and economic yields.
Armoo, A., Franklyn-Green, L. and Braham, A. (2020), "The fourth industrial revolution: a game-changer for the tourism and maritime industries", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 13-23. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-10-2019-0063Download as .RIS
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