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Information Technology Publications in Leading Tourism Journals: A Study of 1985 to 2004

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Despite the extensive range of applications and the dependence of the tourism industry on Information Technology (IT), up to the present time the existing tourism literature has only a limited number of published articles, if any, that give an overview of the progress of IT publications over the past two decades. This article reports on a study that analyzed the published IT papers in three leading research journals in tourism, and examined the trend of IT research based on the publications. Excluding book reviews, research notes, reports, commentaries, and case studies, these three journals published a total of 2,135 full-length research papers during the period 1985 to 2004. Among these full-length research papers, only 55 full-length IT-related papers were found. Moreover, IT applications were grouped into six categories. This study revealed that networking was the most widely published category and with the highest growth rate in 1995–2004. Empirical findings are also compared with the publications in the journal Information Technology & Tourism (ITT) and mainstream IT journals. This article contributes to review the progress of IT research that tourism researchers have performed and published over the past two decades in leading tourism journals.
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Keywords: CONTENT ANALYSIS; INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY; LEADING TOURISM JOURNALS; PUBLICATIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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  • Information Technology & Tourism is the first scientific journal dealing with the exciting relationship between information technology and tourism. Information and communication systems embedded in a global net have profound influence on the tourism and travel industry. Reservation systems, distributed multimedia systems, highly mobile working places, electronic markets, and the dominant position of tourism applications in the Internet are noticeable results of this development. And the tourism industry poses several challenges to the IT field and its methodologies.
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