Special Issue "Innovations as a Factor of Competitiveness in Tourism"

A special issue of Tourism and Hospitality (ISSN 2673-5768).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Michał Roman
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Institute of Economics and Finance, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 02-787 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: tourism; tourism economics; rural tourism; agritourism; agriculture; rural areas; sustainable development; economics
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Dear Colleagues,

Tourism is perceived as a spatial phenomenon that has a large impact on society and various sectors of the national economy. It is an important branch of the economy of many countries and also has a significant impact on interpersonal relations, including intergenerational ones. On a global scale, tourism is treated as a very important sector because it brings very significant benefits to the economy. The tourism market is constantly changing. One of the directions of these changes is the ever-growing importance of perceiving the tourism product as the prism of consumer experiences in the tourism market. Therefore, it becomes extremely important to analyze the development of the tourism sector in the local, regional, and international dimensions. In addition, it is important to indicate the factors of its development, namely competitiveness and introduced innovations, in the economic and social dimensions.

Tourism innovation is the basic factor of tourism competitiveness of the region and enterprises. Applying innovations can enhance the possibilities of adapting tourist activities and the products offered to the changing trends in tourism demand and market environment. It can directly enable success in a competitive environment. At the same time, it must be stressed that an important aspect of innovation is its social utility, which promotes the satisfaction of the needs and expectations of today’s tourists and thus achieves enhanced tourism business effectiveness. Introducing innovative solutions is possible by creating, from scratch, an original tourism product and a professional marketing environment.

This Special Issue aims to attract original contributions from scientists, practitioners, and other stakeholders to provide theoretical and empirical analysis focusing on the development of tourism, competitiveness factors, and innovation. The editor encourages submissions with applications of statistical analysis, case studies, and novel methodologies from parametric and nonparametric approaches related to the topic of the Special Issue. Both original research and review articles are welcome.

Dr. Michał Roman
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Tourism as a subject of economic research
  • Economic and social factors of tourism development
  • Tourism development in selected countries
  • Determinants of tourism development on local, regional, and national scales
  • New trends in the development of tourism
  • Innovations as a factor of competitiveness of tourism enterprises
  • Types of innovation in tourism
  • Tourism product competitiveness
  • Competitiveness of regions and tourism enterprises
  • The global problem of tourism development

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Sustainable Tourism Empowered by Social Network Analysis to Gain a Competitive Edge at a Historic Site
Tour. Hosp. 2021, 2(4), 332-346; https://doi.org/10.3390/tourhosp2040022 - 14 Oct 2021
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Social media has had a strong presence in many people’s lives over the last decade. In addition, social media platforms have allowed people to share opinions, provide advice on numerous factors, including where to visit, as well as to stay connected and maintain [...] Read more.
Social media has had a strong presence in many people’s lives over the last decade. In addition, social media platforms have allowed people to share opinions, provide advice on numerous factors, including where to visit, as well as to stay connected and maintain friendships. The hospitality and tourism industry, however, can make effective use of these powerful tools for marketing purposes, collaboration and information sharing, and service offerings. Reviewing social media followers’ behaviors and interests offers a wealth of information and valuable data for a variety of tourism organizations. This case study focuses on an analysis of the social networks applied to the fortified town of Fredrikstad in Norway. The data used in this research study were collected from the Facebook site of the tourist authority. The results of this research project demonstrate the strengths of applying a social network analysis to a dataset, which can aid in the strategic direction of a tourism destination. The conversations of the greatest interest can successfully be identified as well as the growth of the online network. This paper adds knowledge to the literature through the application of a social network analysis regarding the success of a tourism destination and its future potential. Full article
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Co-Creating New Directions for Service Robots in Hospitality and Tourism
Tour. Hosp. 2021, 2(1), 43-61; https://doi.org/10.3390/tourhosp2010003 - 02 Jan 2021
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Research on the relationship between automation services and tourism has been rapidly growing in recent years and has led to a new service landscape where the role of robots is gaining both practical and research attention. This paper builds on previous reviews and [...] Read more.
Research on the relationship between automation services and tourism has been rapidly growing in recent years and has led to a new service landscape where the role of robots is gaining both practical and research attention. This paper builds on previous reviews and undertakes a comprehensive analysis of the research literature to discuss opportunities and challenges presented by the use of service robots in hospitality and tourism. Management and ethical issues are identified and it is noted that practical and ethical issues (roboethics) continue to lack attention. Going forward, new directions are urgently needed to inform future research and practice. Legal and ethical issues must be proactively addressed, and new research paradigms developed to explore the posthumanist and transhumanist transitions that await. In addition, closer attention to the potential of “co-creation” for addressing innovations in enhanced service experiences in hospitality and tourism is merited. Among others, responsibility, inclusiveness and collaborative human-robot design and implementation emerge as important principles to guide future research and practice in this area. Full article
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