Going Mobile: Defining Context for On-the-Go Travelers

Carlos Lamsfus, Dan Wang, Aurkene Alzua-Sorzabal, Zheng Xiang

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Travel behavior is becoming inherently dynamic and socially connected because of the increasing use of mobile technologies; as such, the concept of context is becoming increasingly important in travel and tourism and particularly within today’s technology-supported mobile environment. This article builds upon existing literature describing recent developments in context-aware system design with the aim of defining the notion of context as it relates to the mobile technological environment for tourism. As part of this effort, a conceptual framework is proposed to describe the structure and fundamental properties of context, and several implications are discussed for tourism research and the design of mobile systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-701
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • context
  • context-awareness
  • mobile computing
  • on-the-go travel
  • travel behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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