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Sustainable Development Goals: What Is the Role of Smart Tourism City?

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 30872

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Guest Editor
Smart Tourism Education Platform, Kyung Hee University, 26 Kyungheedae-ro, Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02447, Korea
Interests: tourism; smart tourism; smart tourism city; IT adoption

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Assistant Guest Editor
College of Hotel and Tourism Management, Kyung Hee University, 26 Kyungheedae-ro, Hoegi-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02447, Korea
Interests: smart tourism; smart tourism city; destination image; MICE

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable tourism development concerns current and future economic, social and environmental impacts: making optimal use of environmental resources, respecting the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, and contributing to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance, fairy distributing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders.

As ICT’s role in the tourism sector is imperative, tourism with smart technology will shape the future direction of destinations with huge benefits for both tourism and city development. In this context, smart tourism city, which is a convergence of smart cities and smart tourism, is an innovative tourist city that guarantees sustainable development based on smart ICT that facilitates and enhances visitors interactions with experiences at the destination, tourism quality over quantity, and eventually improves quality of life for residents. The concept of sustainable smart tourism city is required to be re-define and conceptualize how smart tourism city can contribute to sustainable development.

This Special Issue will discuss and identify the development of smart tourism city. Of particular interest is its relationship with sustainable development. The editors are looking for papers from different nations with specific case studies that focus on analyses of smart tourism city systems.

Prof. Dr. Namho Chung
Dr. Pam Lee
Guest Editors

References

  1. Lee, P., Hunter, W.C., and Chung, N. (2020), “Smart Tourism City: Developments and Transformations”, Sustainability 12 (10), 3958.
  2. Ham, J., Koo, C., and Chung, N. (2020), “Configurational patterns of competitive advantage factors for smart tourism: an equifinality perspective”, Current Issues in Tourism 23 (9), 1066–1072.
  3. Um, T., and Chung, N. (2019), “Does smart tourism technology matter? Lessons from three smart tourism cities in South Korea”, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 1–19.

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Keywords

  • Smart tourism
  • Smart tourism city initiatives
  • SDGs’ potential, strengths and weaknesses from a smart tourism city perspective
  • The challenges and opportunities for sustainable smart tourism city development
  • Sustainable smart tourism city development ideas and critical development issues
  • The role of public sectors to effectively manage tourism stakeholders and be more smart and

sustainable

  • The challenges of smart tourism city implementation in the time of the “new normal”

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The Impact of Social Media Use on Consumers’ Restaurant Consumption Experiences: A Qualitative Study
by Jooyoung Hwang, Anita Eves and Jason L. Stienmetz
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6581; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126581 - 9 Jun 2021
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Travellers have high standards and regard restaurants as important travel attributes. In the tourism and hospitality industry, the use of developed tools (e.g., smartphones and location-based tablets) has been popularised as a way for travellers to easily search for information and to book [...] Read more.
Travellers have high standards and regard restaurants as important travel attributes. In the tourism and hospitality industry, the use of developed tools (e.g., smartphones and location-based tablets) has been popularised as a way for travellers to easily search for information and to book venues. Qualitative research using semi-structured interviews based on the face-to-face approach was adopted for this study to examine how consumers’ restaurant selection processes are performed with the utilisation of social media on smartphones. Then, thematic analysis was adopted. The findings of this research show that the adoption of social media on smartphones is positively related with consumers’ gratification. More specifically, when consumers regard that process, content and social gratification are satisfied, their intention to adopt social media is fulfilled. It is suggested by this study that consumers’ restaurant decision-making process needs to be understood, as each stage of the decision-making process is not independent; all the stages of the restaurant selection process are organically connected and influence one another. Full article
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The Intra- and Inter-Regional Economic Effects of Smart Tourism City Seoul: Analysis Using an Input-Output Model
by Hyunae Lee and Sunyoung Hlee
Sustainability 2021, 13(7), 4031; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13074031 - 5 Apr 2021
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A competitive smart tourism city can be a solution for building resilience to address current and future crises and even be a booster of the economic effects of tourism, since it has an economic ripple effect both inside and outside of the city. [...] Read more.
A competitive smart tourism city can be a solution for building resilience to address current and future crises and even be a booster of the economic effects of tourism, since it has an economic ripple effect both inside and outside of the city. This study tried to estimate the intra- and inter-regional economic effects of the smart tourism city Seoul, which has high competitiveness as a smart tourism city. First, this study tried to objectively clarify the scope of smart tourism based on a Delphi survey and then adopted the inter-regional input–output model. The results showed that smart tourism city Seoul is expected to create high income, high value-added, and job creation effects inside the city, and will greatly contribute to securing tax revenue. Outside of the city, smart tourism city Seoul is expected to induce high production effects. Based on these results, this study highlights the economic effects of a smart tourism city, which describes the convergence of technology and tourism. Full article
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Sustainable Tourism Cities: Linking Idol Attachment to Sense of Place
by Jiayu Zhou, Yerin Yhee, Eunmi Kim, Jin-Young Kim and Chulmo Koo
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2763; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052763 - 4 Mar 2021
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With the development of the “Hallyu” (Korean Wave) and people’s deep understanding of South Korea, the phenomenon of “Hallyu” idols driving tourism has become very common. Tourists, especially fans are no longer satisfied with the traditional tourist attractions with special symbolic meanings when [...] Read more.
With the development of the “Hallyu” (Korean Wave) and people’s deep understanding of South Korea, the phenomenon of “Hallyu” idols driving tourism has become very common. Tourists, especially fans are no longer satisfied with the traditional tourist attractions with special symbolic meanings when visiting South Korea, but instead focus on common places associated with idols. For example, restaurants, cafes, bookstores, parks and convenience stores that have appeared in an idol’s social network accounts. With the application of the theory of attachment and sense of place in the tourism field, this study will start from the celebrity attachment, to exploring the specific processes and mechanisms by which idols affect the behavioral intentions of the fans. The associations between visitors and idol-related places based on celebrity attachments has also become possible, and the fans/tourists’ opinions and attitudes toward idol-related places will also change due to this emotional attachment. Relevant data were collected in the form of online questionnaires, and 440 valid responses were finalized for data analysis. Through data analysis, all the hypotheses proposed in this paper are supported, and there are significant relationships and positive influences among the variables. Data analysis results show that idol attachment can positively influence the four cognitive dimensions of sense of place (place identity, place dependence, social bonding and atmosphere). The various dimensions of sense of place can promote the generation of place attachment. Full article
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Role of the Leisure Attributes of Shared Bicycles in Promoting Leisure Benefits and Quality of Life
by Sunwoo Park, Hyejin Yoon, Chulmo Koo and Won Seok Lee
Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 739; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020739 - 14 Jan 2021
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Given that the use of shared economic resources has increased for leisure, the main goal of the present study is to investigate the influence of the leisure attributes of the sharing economy on leisure benefits and quality of life. For this, the related [...] Read more.
Given that the use of shared economic resources has increased for leisure, the main goal of the present study is to investigate the influence of the leisure attributes of the sharing economy on leisure benefits and quality of life. For this, the related sub-factors were derived for the verification of the sharing economy’s leisure attributes. Next, the sub-components of the concept were integrated and analyzed using a second confirmatory factor analysis. The results of a study using the structural equation model demonstrated that the sharing economy’s leisure attributes statistically affect the four levels of leisure benefits (i.e., social, physical, personal, and psychological benefits). We also identified two (social and psychological benefits) out of four leisure benefits that ultimately affect quality of life. This study is meaningful in that it elucidates the relationships between the sharing economy’s leisure attributes, leisure benefits, and quality of life. Full article
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