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Tourism and the smartphone app: capabilities, emerging practice and scope in the travel domain

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  • Janet E. Dickinson
  • Karen Ghali
  • Thomas Cherrett
  • Chris Speed
  • Nigel Davies
  • Sarah Norgate
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2/01/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Current Issues in Tourism
Issue number1
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)84-101
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date30/08/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Based on its advanced computing capabilities and ubiquity, the smartphone has rapidly been adopted as a tourism travel tool. With a growing number of users and a wide variety of applications emerging, the smartphone is fundamentally altering our current use and understanding of the transport network and tourism travel. Based on a review of smartphone apps, this article evaluates the current functionalities used in the domestic tourism travel domain and highlights where the next major developments lie. Then, at a more conceptual level, the article analyses how the smartphone mediates tourism travel and the role it might play in more collaborative and dynamic travel decisions to facilitate sustainable travel. Some emerging research challenges are discussed.

Bibliographic note

Date of Acceptance: 30/07/2012