Handbook of Globalisation and Tourism
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Handbook of Globalisation and Tourism

Edited by Dallen J. Timothy

Globalization entails the world becoming a smaller place through political, socio-cultural and economic processes. These processes have salient implications for tourism, and tourism itself is one of the driving forces behind globalization. This book is a collection of conceptual treatises by international scholars about the dynamics and reach of globalization and its relationships with tourism. It anatomizes and deconstructs the global forces, processes and challenges that face the world of tourism. It is international in scope, encyclopedic in its conceptual depth, empirically evocative, and contemporary in its coverage.
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Chapter 22: Smart cities, smart tourism, and smart mobilities

Kevin Hannam


Globalization and technological developments have radically changed the world and the cities that we live in as well as the ways in which we move across space. The theoretical development of the concept of mobilities has emphasized the ways in which tourism is connected to other forms of movement such as migration and the ways in which together these may lead to breakdowns or innovations in different human and technological systems. In this chapter I begin by discussing the key aspects of the mobilities paradigm and then go on to review work on smart cities and smart tourism. I argue that we need to critically conceptualise the idea of smart mobilities as this will help us to better understand the complexity of human-technological interactions for future more sustainable tourism destinations. While the relations between tourism and transport have between studied previously, the mobilities paradigm recognizes the importance of transport for tourism practices and the meaning of social lives more generally.

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