eTourism, Web, Ope n Data Prakash Neupane www.prakashneupane.com.np Local Ambassador Open Knowledge Foundation-Nepal
IntroductionThe revolution in ICTs has profound implications for economic and socialdevelopment. It has pervaded every aspect of human life whether it ishealth, education, economics, governance, entertainment, tourism etc.
ICTICT is a broad terminology referring to multiple communicationtechnologies which range from simple and complex namely Cell Phoneapplications (SMS), Digital Cameras, Internet, Wireless (WiFi andWiMAN), VOIP,GPS, GIS, Convergence (data, voice, media), Digital radio.
Why ICT Information is shared and disseminated to larger audience Knowledge is produced, transmitted, accessed and shared at the minimum cost it has overcome the constraints of distance and geography It has led to more transparency
TourismTourism is currently one of the fastest gowning industries across theworld. It is primarily a service industry as it does not produce goods butrenders services to various classes of people. It is an combination ofvarious interrelated industries and trade like food industry, transportindustry etc. It is an complicated business because it involves multiplesocio-economic activities like attracting people to adestination, transporting them, housing, feeding and entertaining etc.
Role of ICT in Tourism ICT is crucial driving force in the current information driven society for tourism It has provided new tools and enabled new distribution channels, thus creating a new business environment The use of Geospatial Information Technologies in the recent years across the globe for varied purposes is popularly known and Tourism industry has not been an exception in availing its advantages The role of ICT tools in the industry for marketing, operation, and management of customer is widely known
What not working here Not compatible for all device Not informative difficult to find prices, availability and tour times, not showing currency conversions or a link to do it Not updated : out of date prices, discounts Not accurate mapping : stick a pin in a map of their location, but GPS taking us far from it. Not good in search engine. Not recommended on social networks and travel networks. no instant contact method. That’s why your website fails
Mobile: Great potential 77% of people in this world own mobile devices 85% mobile have a browser 1.3 billion already use mobile internet 62% people have mobile in Nepal. one of the interesting estimates is that there are about 35billion devices connected to the Internet. Soon, there will be so many that we’ll stop counting.-Eric Schmidt, Google Think about these data while developing sites
Mobile: Great Potential-Tourism Mobile use is growing rapidly among travellers Over the past 6 months mobile web traffic to travel sites has increased by 72% 47% expects to use their mobile device for their travel need at their destination 37% will use mobile device for restaurant research 26% will use a mobile device for attraction and accommodation research That’s why you need to make mobile compatibility sites and applications
Limitation Unavailability of Internet and Education Reliability Fragmented Information Chances of misusing and misunderstanding of data/information Time Consuming Search engines for tourism Cost
Solution Awareness of scope and importance of digital way Participation User readability Open source
Open Definition The Open Definition sets out principles to that define “openness” in relation to data and content. “A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike.”
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References Headshift.com The power of mobile web for tourism ICT and Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities Deepthi Shanker* Blog.freebase.com