New technology and tourism industry innovation: evidence from audio-visual patented technologies

Pantano, Eleonora and Stylidis, Dimitrios ORCID logoORCID: (2021) New technology and tourism industry innovation: evidence from audio-visual patented technologies. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, 12 (4) . pp. 658-671. ISSN 1757-9880 [Article] (doi:10.1108/JHTT-01-2020-0023)

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Purpose - Patenting behaviour in the tourism sector has received little academic attention due to a wider belief that innovation in tourism commonly involves improving the services in ways that are hardly patentable. The current study aims to address this oversight by focusing on patent analysis as means to evaluate the innovation trends in tourism.

Design/methodology/approach - Building on an analysis of historical series of patents worldwide from 1996 to 2016, this paper explores the trends in the tourism sector by focusing on audio-visual technologies. The study used an evaluation of the 8,785 emerging patents, in terms of co-occurrences, applying hierarchical cluster analysis, factor analysis and multidimensional scaling.

Findings - The findings suggest that there is a gradually increasing interest in innovation in tourism, which is growing faster than most of the other sectors explored here such as transportation and pharmaceuticals. The outputs also reveal the inventive effort of tourism industry in new technologies for developing utility models for tourists.

Originality/value - The study contributes to tourism theory and practice by offering an overview of current/future applications of new technologies in tourism along with future trends, and mapping the main areas that these technologies might affect.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 32117
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Depositing User: Dimitrios Stylidis
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2021 19:33
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 17:39

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