Tracking tourists in the digital age

Noam Shoval, Michal Isaacson

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The question of mobility is of immense importance in tourism research. Yet the current methods used to collect data on spatial and temporal activities are limited in accuracy and validity. Recent developments in the field of digital tracking technologies have produced a range of widely available systems, including land-based tracking, satellite navigation, and hybrid systems. The study reported here summarizes both the conventional and the new methods used to collect data on the spatial and temporal activities of tourists. It offers an account of three experiments in which tourists were tracked using the aforementioned technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-159
Number of pages19
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant No.832/03). The authors also thank Tamar Soffer for drawing the maps and figures, Adi Bennun for constructive advice on GIS visualization, Ituran Ltd., Mirs Comunications Ltd., and Partner Communications Ltd. for allowing the testing of various tracking services.


  • Global Positioning System
  • cellular triangulation
  • land-based tracking systems
  • spatial and temporal activity
  • tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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