Obliquity in Tourism Economics: Smart and Sustainable Tourist Destinations

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Title: Obliquity in Tourism Economics: Smart and Sustainable Tourist Destinations
Authors: Perles Ribes, José Francisco | Ramón-Rodríguez, Ana B.
Research Group/s: Economía del Turismo, Recursos Naturales y Nuevas Tecnologías (INNATUR) | Internacionalización de la Empresa y Comercio Exterior
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Análisis Económico Aplicado
Keywords: Obliquity | Smart tourist destinations | Sustainable Tourism | Technology
Knowledge Area: Economía Aplicada
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Texas A&M University. Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences
Citation: e-Review of Tourism Research (eRTR). 2018, 16(1): 45-55
Abstract: Obliquity describes the process of achieving complex objectives indirectly. The recent emergence of the concept and paradigm of intelligent or smart tourist destinations has given rise to a proliferation of initiatives to convert many tourism destinations into smart tourism destinations. Such initiatives are often driven by publicly and privately financed technologically-based companies, In theory, the concept of the smart tourist destination includes different levels of action in the environmental, social and technological fields, directed at enhancing the satisfaction and experience of tourists. However, in many practical applications of the concept, only the latter level is addressed, and the other dimensions are neglected. This article argues that smart tourism destinations represent the first real opportunity to make the concept of sustainable tourism operational. This argument is based on the fact that, for the first time, the intensive use of technology involved in implementing a smart tourism destination will enable the continuous measurement of aspects related to sustainability which, until now, in the absence of this technology, were difficult or impossible to measure, and therefore, manage.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/86532
ISSN: 1941-5842
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © e-Review of Tourism Research (eRTR)
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://journals.tdl.org/ertr/index.php/ertr/article/view/296
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