The application of blockchain in tourism: use cases in the tourism value system

Authors

  • Hannes Thees Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Chair of Tourism / Center for Entrepreneurship, Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany. Pater-Philipp-Jeningen Platz 2, 85072 Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany. E-Mail: Hannes.thees@ku.de
  • Greta Erschbamer Eurac Research, Center for Advanced Studies, Bolzano, Italy
  • Harald Pechlaner Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Chair of Tourism / Center for Entrepreneurship. Eurac Research, Center for Advanced Studies, Bolzano, Italy

Keywords:

Blockchain, Use cases, Tourism Value Chain, Bitcoin, Technology Adoption

Abstract

The blockchain technology has witnessed growing interest since cryptocurrencies became popular in 2016. Not only through payment issues, but the tourism sector is also likely to be affected by the blockchain in terms of front- and back-stage processes. As the blockchain could replace traditional intermediaries, the structure of the tourism sector in the future has been discussed widely in the news. This article aims to conceptually examine the implications of blockchain along the value system in the tourism industry in order to identify its potential benefits. To address this, the methodology follows a content analysis of 175 news articles on the topic of blockchain and tourism, which are analysed through a qualitative news analysis and the method of GABEK®. The results imply blockchain applications along with the whole tourism value system, while it became apparent that traveling is streamlined through the transformation of time-intensive back-stage processes and thus offers extra value for travellers. Through its novelty in the academic discourse, the paper makes obstacles and regulations a subject of discussion, too.

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Published

2020-08-10

How to Cite

Thees, H. ., Erschbamer, G., & Pechlaner, H. . (2020). The application of blockchain in tourism: use cases in the tourism value system. European Journal of Tourism Research, 26, 2602. Retrieved from https://ejtr.vumk.eu/index.php/about/article/view/1933