Future smart-organizations: A virtual tourism enterprise

H. Afsarmanesh, L. M. Camarinha-Matos

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To remain competitive in the aggressive global market, the tourism industry and service providers face the need to collaborate and share their expertise and resources, as well as their costs and risks. The paradigm of the virtual enterprise addresses the necessary horizontal infrastructure needed to support such a collaboration framework. Designing a Web-based Tourism Information System (WTIS) as a virtual enterprise requires the proper infrastructure that supports the enterprises' inter-operation, task sharing, and federated information management. This paper addresses the main requirements and research challenges, and describes a reference architecture for the WTIS, focusing on a novel horizontal infrastructure to support the Virtual Tourism Enterprises and provide the necessary basis for vertical value-added-services developed on top of the infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of WISE 2000 – 1st ACM/IEEE International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0769505775, 9780769505770
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Event1st International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering, WISE 2000 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 19 Jun 200021 Jun 2000


Conference1st International Conference on Web Information Systems Engineering, WISE 2000
CityHong Kong


  • Virtual corporation
  • World Wide Web
  • Information systems
  • International trade
  • Systems engineering
  • Virtual addresses


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