Approaches to GPS-survey of tourist movements within a North Sea island destination

Niels Christian Nielsen, Henrik Harder, Nerius Tradisauskas, Bodil Stilling Blichfeldt

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Abstract

Recent developments in information and positioning technologies, converging into portable devices offer new opportunities not only for tracking tourist movements, but also for interactive description and development of experiences. In this paper, we asses the usefulness of a small GPS-GSM device to track tourist movements on a Danish island dominated by summer house tourism, supported by a central database and Internet-based visualisation. A number of methodological challenges and their possible solutions are discussed. Of equal importance to the technical issues, found to work as expected, was the psychological and ethical issues related to recruiting participants and make them share their impressions and provide information on their in-situ decisions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEreview of Tourism Research
Number of pages6
ISSN1941-5842
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventENTER 2010: International Conference on Information Technology and Travel & Tourism - Lugano, Switzerland
Duration: 10. Feb 201012. Feb 2010
Conference number: 17

Conference

ConferenceENTER 2010: International Conference on Information Technology and Travel & Tourism
Number17
CountrySwitzerland
CityLugano
Period10/02/201012/02/2010

Keywords

  • GPS
  • mobility
  • Decision Making
  • summer cottages
  • island

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