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This document is synthesis and analysis of literature from tourism and computer-mediated communication. While the discussed concepts have been addressed similarly in both fields, little direct interdisciplinary interaction has existed. There is much that each field can learn from the other, and current research regarding computer-mediated communication and mobile communication technologies have the ability to make profound contributions in how we understand the role of tourism in the future. As such, the issue of defining the modern touristic experience, the social science research in mobile information and communication technology which holds relevance to tourism, why this nexus of disparate fields matters to tourism researchers and practitioners, and the prospects for future research are specifically examined.

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Wherever You Go, There We Are: Tourism in a Society of Ubiquitous Connectivity

This document is synthesis and analysis of literature from tourism and computer-mediated communication. While the discussed concepts have been addressed similarly in both fields, little direct interdisciplinary interaction has existed. There is much that each field can learn from the other, and current research regarding computer-mediated communication and mobile communication technologies have the ability to make profound contributions in how we understand the role of tourism in the future. As such, the issue of defining the modern touristic experience, the social science research in mobile information and communication technology which holds relevance to tourism, why this nexus of disparate fields matters to tourism researchers and practitioners, and the prospects for future research are specifically examined.