Prof. Rob Law

the Best Article of the Year Award in 2023

from the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism

Recently, the paper titled “Advancing reliability assessment of venue-reference social media data for enhanced domestic tourism development” co-authored by Prof. Rob Law, Deputy Director of APAEM, has been selected as the recipient of the Best Article of the Year Award in 2023 from the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism (SSCI, Q1). Recognized as the leading interdisciplinary journal in the field, the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism focuses on the nature and role of digital technology in tourism, travel, and hospitality. With an impact factor of 9.3 in 2022. The journal addresses issues emerging from the intersections between IT and the fields of tourism, travel, and hospitality, embracing both technical and social science perspectives.

Abstract of the paper:

The aim of this research is to assess the reliability of venue check-in data. We focus on resident mobility and assess how venue check-in data can provide valuable insights into residents’ movement in tourist destinations. Understanding resident’s mobility and related activities is necessary for strategic planning and decision making for destination managers. Venue-referenced social media data (VR-SMD) is a new type of data and can provide insights into resident’s mobility and behavior. While VR-SMD is available on various social media platforms, their reliability to capture resident movement and activities has not been fully realized. We present an analytical approach to assess and demonstrate how VR-SMD, specifically venue check-in data, can be used to capture resident mobility and activities, with illustrative examples from the United States of America, United Kingdom, and Singapore. Results and analysis indicate that tourism managers and government organizations can exploit VR-SMD for domestic tourism development.

Read the paper: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40558-023-00254-z