Edited by Dallen J. Timothy
Chapter 22: Smart cities, smart tourism, and smart mobilities
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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