Feeling Welcome: Internet Tourism Marketing Across Cultures

Feeling Welcome: Internet Tourism Marketing Across Cultures

Wolfgang George Arlt (University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch202
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Abstract

If used in a proper way, the Internet can be a powerful cross-cultural incoming tourism communication tool. This chapter examines to what extent the opportunities are utilized which are offered in the virtual sphere to extend across physical and cultural distances a welcoming hand to potential visitors from far-away source markets. The discussion is based on the results of a study about the non-german language Web sites of Central European DMOs, conducted in 2002 and updated in 2006, and the results of a study of German-language Web sites of non-European NTOs and DMOs, conducted in 2005. It can be shown that an increase in multilingual Web sites within the period under review can be recognized, but that an increase in cross-cultural awareness of the providers of such Web sites is still lacking.

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