Augmenting Travel Guides for Enriching Travel Experiences

Authors

  • Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh Digital World Research Centre School of Hospitality and Tourism University of Surrey
  • Caroline Scarles School of Hospitality and Tourism University of Surrey
  • George Revill School of Social Sciences & Global Studies Open University

Keywords:

augmented reality, travel guides, co-creation, new reading paradigm, enriching

Abstract

Paper and digital media, smartphone apps and travel guides for example, are commonly used together by travellers for reliable and up-to-date information. This paper examines how the a-book, an augmented travel guide with complementary multimedia could enrich travel experiences. Using a tailored app, travellers can access, play, and add their own videos, audio, weblinks and digital images to the guide. Results of 14 evaluations studies with UK travellers suggest that it advances concepts of co-creation, facilitates a new reading paradigm, consequently enriching travel performances. This paper provides an initial introductory to these emerging theoretical themes and suggests implications for future research.

Author Biographies

Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh, Digital World Research Centre School of Hospitality and Tourism University of Surrey

Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh is a research fellow in communication design at the Digital World Research Centre and the School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Surrey. Her main research interests include technology-mediated experiences, design for happiness and wellbeing, sustainable development, creative research methods and exploration and enrichment of subjective experiences.

Caroline Scarles, School of Hospitality and Tourism University of Surrey

Caroline Scarles is Professor of Technology in Society at the School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Surrey. Caroline’s key research interests lie in the three key areas of: the visual and multisensuality within society, social and cultural sustainability and how these are brought together through technology for social good. 

George Revill, School of Social Sciences & Global Studies Open University

George Revill is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography at the School of Social Sciences & Global Studies at the Open University, Milton Keynes. His research interests include investigating ways of bringing issues of sound, mobility and landscape together, and how rhythm and sound shape and make experiences socially meaningful.

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Published

2019-12-12

How to Cite

Corrigan-Kavanagh, E., Scarles, C. and Revill, G. (2019) “Augmenting Travel Guides for Enriching Travel Experiences”, e-Review of Tourism Research, 17(3). Available at: https://journals.tdl.org/ertr/index.php/ertr/article/view/520 (Accessed: 16January2021).

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