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Information & Communication Technologies for Sustainable Tourism

Information & Communication Technologies for Sustainable Tourism

Alisha Ali, &rew J. Frew, "Information & Communication Technologies for Sustainable Tourism"
English | ISBN: 0415673178 | 2012 | 240 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Sustainable development is a highly topical issue & is of critical importance to tourism as the environment is of utmost importance for the continued development & prosperity of the industry. There have been numerous texts written on sustainable tourism & the measures to mitigate & manage this but none which acknowledges Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) as a mechanism of doing so despite being an emerging area of research. ICT in this context refers to innovative tools which form an integrated system of software & networked equipment that facilitates data processing information sharing communication & the ability to search & select from an existing range of products & services for an organisation's benefits. Despite the symbiotic relationship, which exists between ICT & sustainable tourism, there has been little research, which has considered how the use of such technology can be used to make sustainable tourism development a more workable reality.

This opportune book is the first to provide a focus on the interrelationship of these two important topics demonstrating their synergies & providing insight into a new & innovative approach to managing sustainable tourism development. It considers the use of technology to reduce the negative impacts of tourism from both the dem& & supply side perspectives. A critical review of a range of cutting edge technologies used by tourists & businesses to assess their usefulness in managing sustainable tourism development from the macro to the micro level is also discussed. It further integrates examples & practical applications to show how ICT can be an invaluable mechanism in the management of sustainable tourism development.

This cutting-edge volume provides a wealth of information on an important yet neglected subject. This book will be invaluable reading for students, researchers, academics & members of the tourism industry looking for new & innovate ways of fostering a more sustainable tourism industry.
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