The macroeconomic relevance of the tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific region is well recognized for years. While this industry has enjoyed a significant average growth rate over the last years, it is facing the negative impacts of potential natural disasters such as tsunamis and volcano eruptions. Besides posing a risk to the health of locals and tourists, such events can cause massive negative long-term effects on the countries' economic growth. In this paper, we present an ICT system design on the basis of mobile communication infrastructures, which provide disaster management capabilities in order to attenuate the impact of unforeseen disasters. In addition, it provides functionalities that enable novel value-adding services. Our approach addresses both challenges and business opportunities the Asia Pacific tourism industry is facing today and aims at contributing to sustainable growth in this vital sector.
Scherner, Tobias and Muntermann, Jan, "SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FOR THE PACIFIC-ASIA TOURISM INDUSTRY: ADDRESSING NATURAL DISASTERS AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES WITH MOBILE ICT" (2008). PACIS 2008 Proceedings. 100.