Obliquity in Tourism Economics: Smart and Sustainable Tourist Destinations

Authors

  • José Francisco Perles-Ribes Applied Economic Analysis Department Faculty of Business and Economics University of Alicante
  • Ana Ramón Applied Economic Analysis Department Faculty of Business and Economics University of Alicante

Keywords:

Obliquity, Smart tourist destinations, Sustainable Tourism, Technology

Abstract

Obliquity describes the process of achieving complex objectives indirectly. The recent emergence of the concept and paradigm of intelligent or smart tourist destinations has given rise to a proliferation of initiatives to convert many tourism destinations into smart tourism destinations. Such initiatives are often driven by publicly and privately financed technologically-based companies, In theory, the concept of the smart tourist destination includes different levels of action in the environmental, social and technological fields, directed at enhancing the satisfaction and experience of tourists. However, in many practical applications of the concept, only the latter level is addressed, and the other dimensions are neglected. This article argues that smart tourism destinations represent the first real opportunity to make the concept of sustainable tourism operational. This argument is based on the fact that, for the first time, the intensive use of technology involved in implementing a smart tourism destination will enable the continuous measurement of aspects related to sustainability which, until now, in the absence of this technology, were difficult or impossible to measure, and therefore, manage.

Author Biographies

  • José Francisco Perles-Ribes, Applied Economic Analysis Department Faculty of Business and Economics University of Alicante

    José Perles is an Honorary Collaborator at the University of Alicante. The author’s research is focused on tourism services, destination competitiveness, and sustainability as well as innovation and new technologies applied to the tourism sector in the Smart Tourism Destinations framework. Within these fields, he has published several articles in prestigious international journals as well as several monographs and book chapters. The author has been honoured with the Thea Sinclair Award for Journal Article Excellence, Tourism Economics 2016 with the article “‘The Effects of Economic Crises on Tourism Success: An Integrated Model’

  • Ana Ramón, Applied Economic Analysis Department Faculty of Business and Economics University of Alicante

    Ana Ramón is Professor of economics at the University of Alicante. The author's research is focused on tourism services, destination competitiveness, internationalisation of firms as well as innovation and new technologies applied to the tourism sector in the Smart Tourism Destinations framework. Within these fields, she has published several articles in prestigious international journals as well as several monographs and book chapters. The author has been honoured with the Thea Sinclair Award for Journal Article Excellence, Tourism Economics 2016 with the article “‘The Effects of Economic Crises on Tourism Success: An Integrated Model’

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2018-12-09

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“Obliquity in Tourism Economics: Smart and Sustainable Tourist Destinations” (2018) e-Review of Tourism Research, 16(1). Available at: https://ertr-ojs-tamu.tdl.org/ertr/article/view/296 (Accessed: 21 May 2024).

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