Constructivist research in smart tourism

Hunter, William Cannon, Chung, Namho, Gretzel, Ulrike and Koo, Chulmo (2015) Constructivist research in smart tourism. Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems, 25 1: 105-120. doi:10.14329/apjis.2015.25.1.105

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Author Hunter, William Cannon
Chung, Namho
Gretzel, Ulrike
Koo, Chulmo
Title Constructivist research in smart tourism
Journal name Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems
ISSN 2288-6818
Publication date 2015-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.14329/apjis.2015.25.1.105
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 105
End page 120
Total pages 16
Place of publication Seoul, Korea
Publisher The Korea Society of Management Information Systems
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Smart tourism is a social phenomenon arising from the convergence of information technology with the tourism experience. New ways of doing business, new patterns of experience and new problems concerning tourism destination image management and marketing are emerging due to the ubiquitous presence and influence of the internet and mobile devices. New conceptual tools are also available to enable researchers to further understand the social implications as well as the practical implementation of these new virtual and augmented smart tourism ecosystems. To this effect this paper introduces the constructivist paradigm and associated research methodologies as another toolbox for interpreting how smart tourism works as a form of soft power. The implications revealed by constructivism are that through smart tourism ecosystems, destination commodification and commoditization, experience and image formation are increasingly self-per-petuating, autonomous and organic social constructions. Researchers in information technology can use con-structivist research to further explore these dynamic developments in smart tourism.
Keyword Augmented Reality
Smart tourism ecosystems
Virtual reality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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