Using E-Tourism to plan your next vacation

Tourism is a multi-billion dollar international industry and also one of the biggest users of Web technologies, constantly adopting innovative ideas to enhance its market penetration.

A new publication, "Tourism Informatics: Visual Travel Recommender Systems, Social Communities and User Interface Design", edited by VU's Associate Professor Nalin Sharda, provides cohesive coverage of cutting-edge e-tourism systems and directions for future research and development.

A defining body of research, this innovative collection provides academicians, researchers, and practitioners with a better understanding of this expanding industry.

Nalin said: "This book will be useful for researchers and practitioners who wish to explore some innovative research being conducted into Travel Recommender Systems, travel related on-line communities, and their user interface design."

Paul Baron, Group Manager Online Marketing, Tourism Victoria, said: "The use of the internet in marketing destinations, selling tourism products and servicing visitor needs is now core to the operations and strategic planning of the tourism industry. Significant investments will be made into a range of new technologies by the industry over the coming years – the book will help both researchers and those working in the tourism industry as they seek to explore the latest advances in online technology and consumer behaviour."

Some chapters in the book are:

Facebook, Friends and Photos: A Snapshot into Social Networking for Generating Travel Ideas

  • Visiting Tourist Landmarks in Virtual Reality Systems by Real-Walking
  • Itchy Feet: A 3D e-Tourism Environment

Published by: IGI Global

ISBN: 978-1-60566-818-5;

US $180.00 hardcover

Perpetual Access: US $270.00

Print + Perpetual: US $360.00

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