Title: Current and future directions of multimedia technology in tourism

Authors: Dimitris N. Kanellopoulos

Addresses: Department of Tourism Management, Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Meg. Alexandrou 1, Patras GR 263 34, Greece

Abstract: The future of tourism organisations and enterprises will be information-oriented, knowledge-driven and much of their daily processes will be automated around the internet. The internet, including multimedia, has provided tremendous potential for remote integration and collaboration in business applications. This paper attempts to provide a review of the application of multimedia technology in tourism environments. It justifies the application of multimedia in various tourism sub-domains such as tourism marketing, tourism education, mobile learning for travellers, mobile tourism guides, multimedia kiosks, virtual museums, virtual tours, multimedia travel plans, cooking studios based on web recipes, video conferencing and modelling demand for space tourism services. A conceptual framework for the design of multimedia systems for tourism is presented and discussed. Future research directions are also proposed.

Keywords: tourism; multimedia kiosks; multimedia travel plans; mobile tourism guides; location-aware computing; context-aware computing; ontologies; tourism marketing; tourism education; mobile learning; m-learning; travellers; tourists; virtual museums; virtual tours; cooking studios; web recipes; video conferencing; space tourism modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVTM.2010.032060

International Journal of Virtual Technology and Multimedia, 2010 Vol.1 No.2, pp.187 - 206

Published online: 06 Mar 2010 *

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