Progression and development of information and communication technology research in hospitality and tourism: A state-of-the-art review

Rob Law, Daniel Leung, Irene Cheng Chu Chan

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to present a state-of-the art review on information and communication technology (ICT) research in hospitality and tourism published between 2014 and 2017. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 288 full-length articles from eight top-tier hospitality and tourism journals were gathered by harnessing a systematic literature search approach. Subsequently, the authors used a qualitative content analysis to review, analyse and assign all included articles into a framework with six consumer-related and five supplier-related research streams. Findings: In terms of volume (i.e. the amounts and ratios of ICT research in top-tier journals by publication year) and variety (i.e. the diversity of research topics), a significant progression of ICT research in hospitality and tourism is observed. However, some old and new knowledge gaps are still inadequately addressed, thus requiring scholars and practitioners to conduct additional research in the future. Practical implications: The accumulation of knowledge and actionable clues in this study is expected to keep practitioners updated with the overwhelming volume of ICT research. Originality/value: This study contributes to the literature by accelerating the accumulation of knowledge on research topics and setting forth an agenda for future research. The findings also complement prior literature reviews by providing an overview of how knowledge on ICT research in hospitality and tourism has progressed since 2014.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-534
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Hospitality research
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Systematic literature review
  • Technology applications
  • Tourism research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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