Recent technological developments have produced a range of sophisticated and readily available digital tracking technologies, of which the best known is the Global Positioning System (GPS). Yet, despite this remarkable surge in technology, researchers in the field of tourism studies have failed to take full advantage of what these relatively new systems have to offer. Tracking technologies are able to provide high-resolution spatial and temporal data that could potentially aid, augment, and advance research in various areas within the field of tourism studies. This article discusses the viability of using aggregative data obtained from GPS receivers in order to understand the impact of visitors on cities better and, in addition, to highlight both the possibilities and the difficulties implied in the application of GPS technology in urban tourism research projects. The study presented in this article was carried out during 2004 in the Old City of Akko (Israel), a World Heritage Site since 2002.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||Cultural Resources for Tourism|
|Subtitle of host publication||Patterns, Processes and Policies|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||12|
|State||Published - Apr 2008|