The impact of the Internet on travel agencies

Chun Hung Roberts Law, Kenith Leung, Rjames Wong

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Abstract

This paper examines tourist perceptions of the potential for the elimination of travel agencies in the presence of the Internet. The opinions of 413 tourists on making transactions through both Internet-based (hereafter, online) and traditional distribution channels were analysed. Experimental results illustrated that tourists still used professional services and advice offered by travel agencies. Tourists also agreed that more information could be found through the Internet. Following the findings, the paper suggests that both online and traditional distributional channels can coexist in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-107
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2004

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • International travel
  • Internet
  • Leisure activities
  • Online databases
  • Tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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