A Typology of Technology-Enhanced Tourism Experiences

Experiences represent the essence of the tourism industry. In recent years, consumers have been increasingly in search of experiences. Tourism experiences are undergoing constant change due to the growing importance  of  consumer  involvement, co-creation  and technology.   Revolution through technology! What has  changed is  that technology  has not only  become  a part  of  tourism. Technology …

Technology Enhanced Destination Experiences

Experiences are transforming. A widespread concept in the tourism industry is the creation of experiences for consumers. The competition is bigger than ever. Destinations – as the core of the travel and tourism industry - have to find innovative ways to differentiate their products and create experiences and so provide value for the tourists. This …

Innovation through Co-Creation: How can we co-create in tourism?

The behavior of consumers and tourists has changed.  From the idea of  only buying  products, it shifted towards playing an active  role  in  the  consumption  process. Consumers got  more and more  active  and  involved  in  the consumption  of  their  own products  and  services.   How it was: In the 90s, people have merely bought manufactured …

Experience, Co-Creation and Technology: Issues, Challenges and Trends for Technology Enhanced Tourism Experiences

  Consumers are increasingly striving for experiences. They search for unique and memorable experiences, as products have become replicated and interchangeable in the 21st century experience economy. The concept of the experience economy has changed. For a long time, the experience economy was a vehicle to design and supply experiences to consumers and so to gain …

Digital Technology as a Catalyst of Change: Technological Enablers and Barriers of the Tourist Experience

  The way people experience travel has changed! Digital technologies have had a major impact on how people experience travel. One of the most extensive transformations has been promoted by the increase of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in everyday life and travel. That’s why tourism research and management have been increasingly interested in exploring …

Co-Creation through Technology: Dimensions of Social Connectedness

'Co-creation' has become an important term in tourism research and tourism practice. The tourist is the one who determines the creation of experiences and value. Nowadays, the tourist can co-create richer, more personal and more meaningful experiences online made possible through information and communication technologies (ICTs). How can we support co-creation initiatives through digital technology? …

How to create the best experiences you can create: Maximise value through co-creation & technology

The selling of experiences has become increasing important in the travel and tourism sector. With consumer empowerment and digital technology surrounding all our life domains, contemporary consumers want more than just buy into experiences. They want to take part and co-create experiences. So what happens if we combine our efforts to involve customers and co-create …

New Paper on (Dis)Connectivity in Travel presented at ENTER 2017 Conference

From 24-26 January 2017, ENTER2017 eTourism Conference Rome in Rome took place, the world's leading annual conference on eTourism, organised by International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) Dr. Barbara Neuhofer, Head of Experience Design, Innovation and Management in Tourism at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, presented a new study on "(Dis)Connectivity in the Travel …

High Tech for High Touch Guest Experiences

#Hightech versus #hightouch, computers versus humans, self-service technology versus personalised service. These contrasting buzz words have received much attention in tourism research and practice lately. However, the real question is: Are these concepts mutually exclusive and at the end of spectrum? Or, could it be that high-tech technologies can lead to more high touch, personalised guest experiences? …

Experiences of the 21st Century: The Era of ‘Technology Enhanced Tourist Experiences’

We have seen an increasing interest in customer experiences in recent years. Companies are seeking ways to create better experiences for customers and customers want more meaningful experiences when they purchase, consume or travel. Consumers are no longer satisfied with 'simple service', a simple service encounter or transaction. - Instead they want to get compelling experiences by buying into …