Exploring the IT-enabled Optimisation Potential of Cruise Excursions
The management of an efficient and effective information flow on cruise ships is essential for the success of a cruise vacation. The more complex the offered cruise product gets and the more extensive the on-board content becomes the more difficult it is to provide the individual customer with the demanded information. In addition, the high amount of cruise content elements is distributed by many different sources through various channels. This cruise content complexity hampers the guests’ simple and straightforward usage. Interviews with cruise passengers have been conducted in order to identify the factors influencing the customers’ engagement with the information provided on board. From the findings a qualitative model has been derived that illustrates the critical factors. The model is created in order to give implications on how to facilitate the flow of information by delivering conditions to improve the cruise content usefulness and ease of use to the individual guest.
KeywordsMulti Agent System Augmented Reality Cruise Ship Tourism Research Culture Broker
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