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The Development of Mobile Tourism in the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Area of Poland

Department of Organization and Management, Institute of Economy and Informatics, Silesian University of Technology, Akademicka 2A, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
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Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 44; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010044
Received: 14 November 2019 / Revised: 1 December 2019 / Accepted: 10 December 2019 / Published: 19 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Business Models in Tourism)
Smart tourism is a concept that is becoming more and more popular worldwide in modern tourism. It is a tourism orientated part of the smart city concept, which can also be treated as a specific type of business model. Support and presence of tourist attractions for smartphone users through various apps is one of the first technological stages in the process of adapting this concept in a touristic region. Therefore, the paper’s aim was to observe and measure the development of touristic sites’ presence in mobile applications, in a developing touristic region. In order to do so, we compared data obtained from mobile applications in the years 2015 and 2019. The selected apps contain databases of touristic sites and allow tourists to search for attractions, hotels and restaurants. The comparison showed quantitative changes in the number of those types of objects found by mobile apps in the Upper Silesian metropolitan area, picturing the development and use of those apps in this given region. View Full-Text
Keywords: m-tourism; mobile applications; sustainability in tourism; smart tourism; sustainable business models m-tourism; mobile applications; sustainability in tourism; smart tourism; sustainable business models
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Naramski, M.; Herman, K. The Development of Mobile Tourism in the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Area of Poland. Sustainability 2020, 12, 44. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010044

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Naramski, Mateusz, and Krzysztof Herman. 2020. "The Development of Mobile Tourism in the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Area of Poland" Sustainability 12, no. 1: 44. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010044

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