In-destination tour products and the disrupted tourism industry: progress and prospects.

Hsu, A.Y.C., King, B., Wang, D. and Buhalis, D., 2016. In-destination tour products and the disrupted tourism industry: progress and prospects. Information Technology and Tourism, 16 (4), 413 - 433.

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Abstract

Established inbound tour operators (ITOs) are being challenged by emerging competitors that have embraced technology-enabled innovations, including aspects that are associated with the collaborative or sharing economy. A variety of suppliers across the supply chain are now able to form a direct connection with customers through platform websites, thereby providing tech-savvy tourists with the capacity to create customized trips. Incumbent ITOs are now competing with emerging entrants that are responsive to customer needs because of their digital expertise. As the various provider categories have become less clear and as barriers to entry have fallen, tour service suppliers must consider the contemporary tourism “ecosystem” when formulating strategies. In the face of declining consumer demand for standardized tour products, there is an urgent need to consider changing tourist habits or tastes when introducing new in-destination options. In exploring the evolving features of the inbound tourism ecosystem, this paper draws upon the recent literature to focus on the distinguishing characteristics of innovative tour service and experiences. It identifies how tour suppliers respond to competitor actions, or embrace these features themselves. The authors adopt a multiple case study approach and assemble evidence from 17 examples of tourism start-ups in Taiwan. The paper concludes with implications for practitioners and suggestions for future research.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1098-3058
Uncontrolled Keywords:Product innovation; In-destination tour products; Disrupted industry structure
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:26579
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:25 Jan 2017 12:23
Last Modified:25 Jan 2017 12:23

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