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Technology has played an important role in achieving economic growth by garnering economic means for consumers to travel. The development and contribution of air travel as a means of transporting tourists to different locations is an important contribution of technology to the tourism and travel industry. The significant development of low cost carriers is another means of successful technological applications to the tourism and travel industry. The advancement of the Internet has deeply affected the way tourism and travel intermediaries perform their business. The advent and application of mobile technologies have further impacted the tourism and travel industry. Hence the travel and tourism industry has revolutionized their travel plans and strategies with the help of improved information technology solutions. They are resorting to customer focused travel solutions and are aiming to provide a one stop solution for all travel related services through information technology.

Tourism Information Technology aims predominantly to contribute to the process of theory building, and therefore to the innovation of research and scholarship in this growing field. As an interdisciplinary book, it supports industry-oriented research as well as academic theory focused research. It will feature both empirical case studies and technical-theoretical papers looking at tourism-travel-hospitality from an IT point of view and at IT from an applied perspective.

Information and communication systems embedded in a global net have had a profound influence on these industries, as also these industries with their presence in the electronic market show an impact on the developments of IT. Advances in the use and development of tools, technologies, and methodologies that have facilitated the efficient netting of information and communication systems in tourism, travel and hospitality are to be presented and discussed within this book.