Information Technology Sociology & Research Implications in Tourism & Hospitality

Prof. Dan WANG
Associate Professor
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Date: 9 November 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 15:00 to 16:30
Venue: E22-G015
Host: Prof. Soey LEI, Assistant Professor in Integrated Resort and Tourism Management
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The integration of information technology and sociology in tourism and hospitality research has brought about a significant shift in the way researchers approach the study of digital platforms and social media’s impact on traveler behavior and industry dynamics. This interdisciplinary approach allows for a deeper analysis of how technology influences every aspect of consumer decision-making processes, from trip planning to destination selection. Furthermore, it enables scholars to delve into the intricate role that social media plays in shaping tourists’ perceptions and overall experiences, ultimately influencing destination marketing strategies. By embracing an information technology sociology perspective, researchers are granted invaluable insights into the complex relationship between society, technology, and the tourism & hospitality industry as a whole. As a result, future policy-making efforts can be more well-informed while strategic decisions within this sector become increasingly refined. In light of these developments, this seminar aims to introduce participants to information technology sociology principles through various illuminating studies conducted within this field.


Dr. Dan Wang is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research focuses on the impact of mobile Internet on tourists and organizations in tourism and hospitality fields, information technology-based service innovation, and IT strategy in hospitality firms. Dr. Dan Wang currently serves as an associate editor for Annals of Tourism Research and on the editorial board of multiple top-tier academic journals such as the Journal of Travel Research and Tourism Management. Dr. Dan Wang began her career in academia as a part-time instructor of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University in the United States in 2010, and she moved to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2012.

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