Mobile technology, games and nature areas: The tourist perspective


  • Marcelo de Oliveira Nunes Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Business School, Post-graduate Programme in Administration (PPGA/EA)
  • Verônica Feder Mayer Universidade Federal Fluminense, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Department of Tourism


Tourism and technology, gamification, mobile applications, smartphones


New mobile technologies such as smartphones and tablets allow tourists and tourism service providers to interact nearly free of time or space constraints. Since tourists are by definition mobile, it is argued that this trend merits greater focus in research involving the various spaces through which “the always connected traveller” passes. Hence, this study aims to test the acceptance of a smartphone game which would support the tourism experience of visitors to an island with tourism. To this end, a survey was carried out with 378 tourists who perceived using the game as useful, easy, enjoyable, and compatible with the location. Results indicate that an updated tourist profile of a more connected and technologically sophisticated public includes interest in interaction with mobile technologies that assist tourists even on trips where they want to experience nature, adventure, social interaction and relaxation. Finally, the authors reflect on the use of games as a means of promoting sustainable behaviour among tourists.






Tourism/Hospitality: Research Papers

How to Cite

Nunes, M. de O., & Mayer, V. F. (2024). Mobile technology, games and nature areas: The tourist perspective. Tourism & Management Studies, 10(1), 53-58.

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