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Language Representation in Search Engines of US State Tourism Websites

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Search engines serve as an important channel for tourism destinations to communicate with prospective visitors. This study assessed the language representation of the search results for the 50 state tourism offices in the United States by three major search engines (e.g., Google, Ask, and Yahoo!). The findings indicate that Google and Ask were similar to each other, while both were different from Yahoo! This study provides useful insights for developing more effective search engine marketing strategies for marketing destinations online.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 October 2009

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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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