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Attracting digital nomads: Smart destination strategies, innovation and competitiveness.

Zhou, L., Buhalis, D., Fan, D. X. F., Ladkin, A. and Lian, X., 2024. Attracting digital nomads: Smart destination strategies, innovation and competitiveness. Journal of Destination Marketing and Management, 31, 100850.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jdmm.2023.100850


Digital nomadism, as a new form of tourist mobility, brings opportunities and challenges for destination management. To attract this new market, smart destinations need to innovate to develop readiness and competitiveness. This research examines 225 digital nomad destination web articles, from multiple sources and different continents. The study aims to identify innovative strategies and practices using semantic content analysis and hierarchical network analysis. It explores relevant stakeholders and their importance, and pinpoints digital nomad trends. Findings suggest that smart destinations cater for the work, travel, social, financial and basic-living needs of digital nomads. These are different from those of short-term leisure and business tourists. Destinations tend to portray digital nomads as a homogenous group, although different segments have been identified. The long-term impacts of digital nomads on local economies and societies have yet to be fully explored. The theoretical significance of this study lies in the provision of an agency-structural perspective of destination innovation and competitiveness. Practically, the study contributes to digital nomad management and marketing within smart tourist destinations.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital nomadism; Mobility; Destination policy; Innovation; Competitiveness; Readiness
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:39444
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:29 Jan 2024 13:15
Last Modified:29 Jan 2024 13:15


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