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 …

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 …

First Live-Action Role Play in Tourism Experience Design Class

How can you create extraordinary and memorable experiences for customers? Master students study Experience Design at the Department of Innovation & Management (IMT) in Tourism at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. This year in May, they learned the principles of experience design through a novel way of teaching, namely through the first a live action …

Dr. Barbara Neuhofer is invited to speak at Cascais Tourism Forum 2017

On 5th May, Dr. Barbara Neuhofer was invited for speech on the "Experience Economy in Tourism: Co-Creation of Innovative Travel Experiences" at the Cascais Tourism Forum 2017, in Cascais, Portugal. The Cascais Tourism Forum 2017 is organised by the Cascais and Estoril Hotel Association (arhcesmo) to discuss innovative approaches for hospitality.  One of this year's main topics was on customer …

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? …