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The purpose of this paper is to examine the production of smart tourism knowledge, thereby revealing the development of the concept through collaborative networks.Design/methodology/approachA bibliometric analysis, which enables visual mapping and observation of the domain, was conducted using journal articles retrieved during the period of 2000 to 2018.FindingsThe understanding of smart tourism is shaped and enhanced through collaborative network of researchers. As the domain develops, its reach expands across different networks as well as core themes.Research limitations/implicationsData for the study was generated from English-written journal articles that were produced from a database search of specific keywords associated with smart tourism.Practical implicationsFindings can prove useful to academic researchers and industry practitioners to aid their understanding of smart tourism research development, identify the underlying context and aid in coherent development of the concept.Originality/valueThe paper is one of the first articles to provide a greater understanding of smart tourism as a research topic by examining its evolution in an academic context through bibliometric analysis.
Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 21, 2019
Keywords: Tourism; Review; Publications; Bibliometric analysis; Smart tourism
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