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International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism
International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism


Special Issue on: "National Tourism Organisations and Exploitation of Information Technologies - Tourism Portals in the Web 2.0 and Semantic Web Era"

Guest Editors:
Miltiadis Lytras, University of Patras, Greece
Daniel R. Fesenmaier, Temple University, USA
Markus Zanker, University Klagenfurt, Austria
Patricia Ordóñez De Pablos, University of Oviedo, Spain

National tourism organisations invest each year billions of dollars for the promotion of national tourism in targeted markets. Within this overall context, one of the most significant aspects of promotional activities relates to the design, implementation and provision of tourism portals.

Nowadays, the evolution of technologies such as tourism portal technologies, push/pull technologies, Web 2.0, semantic web, adaptive and personalised technologies, metadata and content standards, free and open source software, ubiquitous and pervasive technologies, intelligent agents, content/knowledge management systems, emerging technologies and grid technologies, set new challenges for tourism portals and the promotion of content worldwide.

This special issue aims to deliver sound propositions for the exploitation of the emerging technologies in national tourism organisations towards better models of information provision to the beneficiaries of the tourism product.

NOTE: All the authors of accepted papers will be invited in an international summit, with various think tanks promoting the humanistic vision of knowledge society, bringing together academics, practitioners, government and industry [if you are interested in this summit, please contact Dr. Miltiadis Lytras, below]

Subject Coverage
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Tourism portals
  • Push/pull technologies for tourism portals
  • Web 2.0 and tourism portals
  • Semantic web and tourism portals
  • Adaptive and personalised technologies
  • Metadata and content standards
  • Free and open source software
  • Ubiquitous and pervasive technologies
  • Intelligent agents
  • Content/knowledge management systems
  • Emerging technologies
  • Grid technologies
  • Domain applications: tourism portals for national government tourism organisations, hotels, marketplaces, etc
  • Tools/emerging technologies and new generation applications
  • Challenges for the future; specification of government policies for the promotion of tourism portals
  • Roadmaps for the future
  • Collaborative tools for tourism
  • Design variables and conditions for knowledge sharing and creation systems in tourism
  • Blogging for tourism
  • Collaborative filtering of tourism content
  • Analysing social interaction for finding knowledge among web users
  • Semantic desktops
  • Social network analysis to support implicit learning and sharing within tourism environments
  • Analysis of large online tourism communities
  • Folksonomies, tagging and other collaboration-based categorisation systems in tourism portals
  • Wikis, semantic wikis and other collaborative knowledge creation systems
  • Online social networking at all levels of tourism
  • Applications of online semantic networks to tourism

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

1-2 Page Abstract: 30 April 2007

Submission of Manuscripts: 15 October 2007

Notification to Authors: 15 November 2007

Final Versions Due: 15 December 2007