From smart city to smart destination. The case of three Canadian cities

ARA: Revista de Investigación en Turismo. 2018;6(2):69-74


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Journal Title: ARA: Revista de Investigación en Turismo

ISSN: 2014-4458 (Online)

Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona

Society/Institution: Universitat de Barcelona

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Recreation. Leisure: Recreation leadership. Administration of recreation services | Social Sciences: Communities. Classes. Races: Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology: The city as an economic factor. City promotion

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish, English

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François Bédard (École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)

Mohamed Khomsi (École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 8 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Several cities around the world are self-proclaimed "smart" by integrating, in varying degrees, new technologies in the different spheres of the city. Nevertheless, despite this effervescence around the smart city, the concept requires more conceptualization from the researchers. This is even more important when it comes time to distinguishing between smart city and smart destination. The relationship between these two concepts is blurred and the transition from the smart city to the smart destination is not automatic. This situation is explained by the fact that the intrinsic characteristics of their respective target populations, being the citizens and the tourists, are different. This article compares three Canadian cities in the province of Quebec with the aim of demonstrating that the realization of a smart destination project requires the adaptation of governance structure and the involvement of all the stakeholders and more particularly in tourism.