From data privacy to environmental sustainability: Comprehensive perspectives on smart tourism challenges

Mohammad Shahidul Islam

Article ID: 2534
Vol 5, Issue 1, 2024
DOI: https://doi.org/10.54517/st.v5i1.2534
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Abstract

This commentary critically examines the integration of Smart Tourism technologies within the tourism and hospitality sectors, focusing on their role in enhancing tourist experiences and operational efficiencies. Through a multidisciplinary approach encompassing a literature review, case studies, and empirical data analysis, the analysis adopts a constructivist perspective to explore tourists’ subjective experiences with technology. It highlights significant personalization, efficiency, and sustainability advancements while acknowledging challenges related to digital infrastructure and privacy concerns. Advocating for a balanced and sustainable approach that respects environmental integrity and cultural heritage, the commentary concludes with recommendations for future research on the socio-economic impacts of Smart Tourism, ethical data usage, and the adaptation of technologies to diverse contexts. It calls for increased investment in digital infrastructure and stakeholder collaborative efforts to promote sustainable and inclusive tourism development.


Keywords

smart tourism; technological innovation; sustainable practices; economic development; sociocultural impact; environmental sustainability

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