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The role of artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies in sustainable tourism in the Middle East

Mohammad Abul Kashem (Feni University, Feni, Bangladesh)
Mohammad Shamsuddoha (Department of Management and Marketing, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA)
Tasnuba Nasir (Department of Management and Marketing, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA)
Asma Akter Chowdhury (University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 19 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper reviews the role of two significant smart technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology (BT) in achieving sustainable tourism success. Such changes will maintain consistent tourism growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by improving environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses a qualitative approach focusing on AI and blockchain-based adaptations towards sustainability in technology-driven platforms, particularly in the tourism sector. However, this study is conceptualized with Day's (1989) IMRAD (introduction, methods, results and discussion) framework and Hall's (2012) suggestions. This reinforced the structure of this article by the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) concept. In addition, the entire study proceeds by way of accentuating the research question.

Findings

The potential of these technologies (AI and blockchain) can internalize a win-win situation for economic prosperity and sustainable conservation of environmental resources. Even though, apathy among potential tourists (of traditional mass tourism) can be revived under sustainable tourism in the region through smart technology. Replacing traditional practices and policies with innovative technologies can reduce the adverse effect on environmental and cultural resources.

Originality/value

This research justifies the potential for AI and blockchain to balance economy-oriented tourism and sustainability-prone technologically advanced tourism as a caustic issue for the MENA region. Indeed, this study has revitalized and transformed the less eventful margins of leading cultural-heritage-based tourism into sustainable profitability with concerns over diversity, socio-economic conditions, economic recession and burgeoning geopolitical instability.

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Citation

Kashem, M.A., Shamsuddoha, M., Nasir, T. and Chowdhury, A.A. (2022), "The role of artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies in sustainable tourism in the Middle East", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-10-2022-0116

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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