Who is a smart tourist in a smart destination?

How do tourists understand intelligent systems and wish to interact with them? How are they supposed to interact and co-create value with other stakeholders? How does  their level of trust in technologies shape and facilitate their experiences? These and many more questions are answered in our latest study 'Towards a conceptualisation of smart tourists and their role …

Value co-creation and co-destruction in the Airbnb sharing economy

The increasing use of technology as well as people’s behavioural changes have shifted the focus from products and services to the experience economy. We also see that tourists do not just want to buy into all packaged experiences, but seek  to actively co-create their travel experiences. Tourists increasingly search for emotional experiences. They travel to …

How does customer co-creation increase revenues in hotels?

"Over the past decade, co-creation has gained wide attention in academia and practice. Customers centricity plays a key role as we engage and co-create experiences no longer for but with customers." The co-creation paradigm has introduced the idea of a two-way engagement between customers and businesses. This has brought deep changes for businesses and they way they view …

How do social media influence the consumers’ hotel decision journey?

Hotel-related decision-making has fundamentally changed. In the ‘age of social media’ we are no longer informed by brochures and travel agencies, because Google, Facebook, TripAdvisor transformed the consumers' hotel decision journey by influencing the way consumers search, decide and book hotels. But how exactly do social media influence the way consumers search, evaluate and select …

Experience Economy & Digitalisierung im Tourismus: Was wir brauchen sind unvergessliche Erlebnisse

Das Konsumverhalten unterliegt einem Wandel, denn herkömmliche Produkte und Dienstleistungen sind austauschbar geworden. Vor allem Tourismusanbieter stehen vor einer großen Herausforderung und stellen sich zunehmend folgende Fragen: Warum gewinnen Erlebnisse im Tourismus immer mehr an Bedeutung? Was sind unvergessliche Erlebnisse und wie schaffen wir diese für unsere KundInnen? Können wir mit unvergesslichen Erlebnissen KundInnen an …

Keynote @ HOGAST-NEXT: Erlebnisinszenierung in der Hotellerie – Visionen für 2020

Erinnern Sie sich an einen bestimmten Urlaub in Ihrer Kindheit, in dem Sie etwas ganz Besonderes erlebt und bis heute nicht vergessen haben? Einmalige Momente erleben, die man nach zehn, zwanzig oder sogar dreißig Jahren nicht vergisst, das sind die wahren Experiences. HOGAST-NEXT war ein völlig neues Eventformat für die junge Hotellerie und Tourismus-Generation. Gemeinsam …

Value co-creation and co-destruction in connected tourist experiences

Did you notice that travel and tourist experiences changed? Have you realized that technologies nowadays create experiences that connect travel with our everyday lives? Technologies have changed our life a lot, especially tourism and therefore memorable travel experiences. But is everything positive when it comes to comunication and information technologies as it seems?   The …

Smart technologies for personalized experiences

  Smart technology, implying the terms intelligent and smart, refers to a product, condition or motion of a technology which involves a variety of functionalities. Smart technologies have received widespread interest in the tourism domain, because of the increase of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as well as the promotion of smartness in society and …

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 …