The relevance of mobile tourism and information technology: an analysis of recent trends and future research directions

Sai Liang, Markus Rolf Schuckert, Chun Hung Roberts Law, Lorenzo Masiero

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Although there have been studies concerning information and communication technologies adoption in the tourism industry, the research trends of mobile tourism (m-tourism) are still not very clear due to the short development time and emerging nature of the technologies. To fill this gap, this study reviewed and analyzed articles related to online reviews of tourism and hospitality published in academic journals between 2002 and 2015. Through a keyword-driven search and content analysis, 92 articles are identified as relevant and classified into three topics. Our findings contribute to a better understanding of this promising research direction by presenting the interesting classification methods used by relevant publications and their insights. This paper also discusses significant topical and methodological trends, and contributes to an overall understanding of existing research and its limitations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-748
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2017


  • applications
  • literature review
  • location-based services
  • m-tourism
  • mobile technology
  • smart tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing

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