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Tourism Capacity Building in Developing Geographies: A Case for Open Educational Resources

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Abstract:

This is a conceptual article that brings into focus the context-sensitive nature of tourism and its impact on knowledge transfer models from developed to developing geographies. Challenges in customization of content and the implications for pro-poor tourism (PPT) capacity-building interventions are discussed and interpreted within the context of development theories. The concept of digital open educational sources in tourism is proposed and its potential to address the challenges of customization and inclusiveness in the developing economies context is explored. The feasibility of implementing the tourism open educational resources (TOER) concept is examined and an alternative model for PPT capacity-building interventions is proposed.

Keywords: CAPACITY BUILDING; DIGITAL LEARNING; PRO-POOR TOURISM; TOURISM OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES (TOER)

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/109830511X13167968595705

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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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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