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The International Journal of Management Science and Information Technology (IJMSIT)

The international journal of management Science and information technology (IJMSIT) is a refereed journal and publishes high-quality theoretical and empirical papers in the areas of management science and information technology. This journal reports the impact of information technologies on the managerial and organizational topics. IJMSIT develops a comprehensive and theoretical framework by using a multidisciplinary approach to management and information technology for researchers and practitioners.

 


Editor-in-chief: J. J. Ferreira, University of Beira Interior, Portugal, Email: jjmf@ubi.pt
Published: Quarterly
Copyright: 2012, North American Institute of Science and Information Technology (NAISIT)
ISSN: ISSN 1923-0265 (Print) - ISSN 1923-0273 (Online) - ISSN 1923-0281 (CD-ROM)

THE NEW INTERMEDIARIES OF TOURIST DISTRIBUTION: ANALYSIS OF ONLINE ACCOMMODATION BOOKING SITES
19 : Special Issue: 2015 Spanish-Portuguese Scientific Management Conference ( 2016-03 )

Abstract:

Distribution is a key variable in any industry because it ensures the delivery of products and services to consumers. However, over the years businesses have increasingly implemented information and communication technology; this has triggered profound changes in distribution channels. A number of tools have facilitated online access to information and booking for accommodations, flights or other travel products. This has substantially affected the traditional travel agency and tour operator business model. Moreover, new intermediaries have emerged. This paper aims to analyze the importance of current online and retail intermediaries operating in the distribution of tourism. To this end, it highlights metrics from a sample of 50 online accommodation booking portals with the greatest worldwide impact according to a classification published by SimilarWeb for the month of October 2014.  In addition, it extensively analyzes the content of sites receiving over 10 million hits throughout this period.

Author(s): Pablo de Carlos - spain - Universidad de Vigo
Noelia Araújo - spain - Universidad de Vigo
José Antonio Fraiz - spain - Universidad de Vigo
Keywords: Distribution is a key variable in any industry because it ensures the delivery of products and services to consumers. However, over the years businesses have increasingly implemented information and communication technology; this has triggered profound ch
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