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Tourist Office Counselling Service


Schmidt-Rauch, Susanne; Fux, Michael; Schwabe, Gerhard (2011). Tourist Office Counselling Service. In: Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2011, Innsbruck, Austria, 1 January 2011 - 1 January 2011, 391-402.

Abstract

In an ongoing R & D project, the authors investigate the consultation situations of travel counselling in travel agencies and tourist offices at destinations. The first investigations described in this paper indicate more similarities than differences between these two situations. The design requirements for collaborative co-located travel counselling from previous work describe a reformulation of the consultation situation to a joint problem-solving one. Since this procedure was confirmed and the requirements development for tourist offices revealed similar needs, the authors decided to implement design requirements of co-located travel counselling to a prototype system for supporting a collaborative tourist office counselling situation. Initial results of a first proof-of-concept field study look promising for further work in this direction, as they enrich the situation with further problem-solving capabilities to the advantage of both customers and tourist office personnel.

In an ongoing R & D project, the authors investigate the consultation situations of travel counselling in travel agencies and tourist offices at destinations. The first investigations described in this paper indicate more similarities than differences between these two situations. The design requirements for collaborative co-located travel counselling from previous work describe a reformulation of the consultation situation to a joint problem-solving one. Since this procedure was confirmed and the requirements development for tourist offices revealed similar needs, the authors decided to implement design requirements of co-located travel counselling to a prototype system for supporting a collaborative tourist office counselling situation. Initial results of a first proof-of-concept field study look promising for further work in this direction, as they enrich the situation with further problem-solving capabilities to the advantage of both customers and tourist office personnel.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:1 January 2011
Deposited On:07 Mar 2012 16:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:42
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:978-3-7091-1141-3
Additional Information:Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2011 Proceedings of the International Conference in Innsbruck, Austria, January 26–28, 2011. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:2480
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-60522

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