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GPS-Tracking of Tourists

A group of Students from Master-Programme worked on GPS-Tracking of Tourists in order to analyze their geo-spatial-behaviour. 200 visitors of the Freilichtmuseum Salzburg (Open Air Museum) were equipped with GPS-Trackers and their waypoints and trajectories were analyzed. The interpretation of the data helps the museum to opimize visitor flows and enhance the tourist experience.
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One Thesis, two Awards

Julia Beck, a Master Student of our Programme Innovation and Management in Tourism recently won two awards for her thesis “Virtual Reality as a Tool to Trigger Emotions in Tourism Marketing – Subjective and Objective Measurements to Investigate the Impact of Virtual Reality” (You can read our blog artice about that topic here). Julia got second at the Austrian National Tourism Research Award “Tourissimus” and won the Best ICT-Paper Award at the ISCONTOUR 2017. Congratulations – well done!

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Presentation at INVTOUR

Igor Gula recently presented our paper on open innovation at the INVTUR Conference at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. The paper “Open Tourism – Structuring opening ovements in the tourism industry using the Contribution-Utilization-Matrix” was written by Roman Egger, Igor Gula and Dominik Walcher. You can download the paper here and the presentation from Igor here: INVTUR2017_Egger, Gula, Walcher_Open Tourism.

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eTourism Research – Final Presentations

This week the students from the 3rd Semester Masters had to present their final project results. They have been woking on their topic for a year now.

The topics cover:

The groups also did a short video to present their project – click on the link to watch the video

Seven out of these papers are going to be presented at the ISCONTOUR 2017 conference!

Online Travel Distribution Expert

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designed and conducted in cooperation with Booking.com and Expedia we offer the following elective course for our students!

Why to apply?

Tourism is considered to be one of the largest industries worldwide and has witnessed a dramatic change since the emergence of the internet. According to a survey undertaken by TripAdvisor in October 2015, 65% of users (across generations) book their accommodations online. Travel intermediaries have seen disintermediation, followed by reintermediation and new market players have entered the “agora”. Huge mergers & acquisitions are happening on a daily basis and the interconnections are hardly comprehensible.

New circumstances require a new set of skills and give room to new perspectives to all those seeking an international career in eTourism, where analytical thinking, foreign language proficiency as well as sales and negotiation skills are a great asset.

The aim of the Online Travel Distribution elective course is to bring light into this highly complex and fast changing topic, by inviting industry experts giving students the chance to
learn from leading professionals and hear which insights they share with us! The course is designed in close cooperation with our official partners Expedia and Booking.com which are as such also listed on the final certificate that the participants will obtain. Three of the trainers from the mentioned companies will provide a transfer of knowledge straight from practice. Not only does the course offer an in-depth content complementary to the  existing curriculum on the BA and MA level, but can also be seen as a sort of assessment center of two of the largest players in the field of online booking.


What can you expect?

Diverse content with a focus on market structure, analytical skills as well as a sales and communication training which are directly related to the requirements of OTAs.

With the following teachers and trainers:

  • Corinna Dullnig: Hotels Senior Account Manager, booking.com
  • Fritz Oberhumer: Strategic Account Director, expedia
  • Wolfgang Pagl: Director of Market Management Eastern Europe, expedia
  • Dominik Sobotka: further information available at: http://onmari.com/ueber-uns/ 

 Component 1: Market Structure

Market structure: Supply – Intermediaries – Demand, benefits of  intermediaries for facility owners and hotels  as well as guests.

Component 2: Analytical Skills

Business case exercise

Session1:                                                                                                                                  

  • Business case introduction
  • Sharing of techniques on how to build the case & build a strategy
  • Research and outline of the case structure (group work)

Session2:

  • Checkpoint on the progress of individual groups
  • Pitch formalizing

Session3:  Pitch presentation and feedback

Component 3: Sales Training & Communication

  • Theory behind sales vs. consulting
  • Techniques of starting a conversation (Communication cycle) – group work with practical exercises
  • Techniques of handling objections including role plays

Who can apply and how?

Bachelor level: 6th semester students (imtb/imte)

Master level: 2nd and 4th semester students

Admission requirements: GPA 2,2 or more

Please apply by submitting a letter of motivation to office.imte@fh-salzburg.ac.at

by February 28th, 2017


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For further information do not hesitate to contact us at office.imte@fh.salzburg.ac.at

 

Emerging Technologies in Tourism

The technology wheel seems to spinn fast again, as we are entering the new year soon. Sabre Labs (which is the travel and technology lab within Sabre) just published a new study on emerging technologies, challenging the tourism industry within the next decade. This report is for agencies, airlines, hoteliers and travelers, and aims to provide an overview which specific actions you should consider in the near future.

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Download the full report here

New Master-Thesis Topics

During October the first Master-Thesis workshop with the students writing their theses in the division of eTourism took place. The students work on exciting topics such as the incorporation of bots in a hotel communication software, voice assisted search in destinations, a guide for virtual reality in tourism, fairness of online pricing as well as the development of a gamification app for an Austrian mountain destination. The students will surely come up with very interesting findings – we’ll keep you posted! :)

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European Commission Crowdfunding Workshop 2016

The European Commission Crowdfunding Workshop 2016 took place in Graz this September. Leading experts from all EU Member States and selected further experts were invited by the European Commission to a workshop in order to exchange views on the current state of crowdfunding across Europe. Amongst them our former student Igor Gula who presented his idea “How would you promote European tourism? The ETC ideas competition” as well as the book Open Tourisum that was published by him, Roman Egger and Dominik Walcher. Igor Gula ranked third in the European Commission Crowdfunding Workshop.

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