Physica A 388, 4286–4296 (2009), Earl, P.E., Mandeville, T.: The Competitive Process in the Age of the Internet. This article analyses conditions under which the Internet facilitates disintermediation in tourism. Journal of Air Transport Management 8, 339–348 (2002), Beirne, M.: Meet the AGGREGATORS. Tourism Management 23(3), 207–220 (2002), Byrd, T.A., Thrasher, E.H., Lang, T., Davidson, N.W. Disintermediation can be perfectly illustrated by considering consumer behavior over the last two decades as it moved away from brick-and-mortar retailers and toward eCommerce platforms that connect wholesalers directly with customers. : Successful relationships between hotels and agencies. When you buy directly from a wholesale distributor, you are cutting out the retailer. The primary reason is the development of technological platforms offering alternates to the traditional intermediates. Disintermediation initiated by consumers is often the result of high market transparency, in that buyers are aware of supply prices direct from the manufacturer. Different authors argue about the purpose of disintermediation. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks (2004), SIGeBIZ track of the Americas Conference on Information Systems, http://www.nso.go.th/eng/stat/ict/reportict47.pdf, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15141-5_13, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing. Qualitative Market Research 7(1), 58–66 (2004), Costa, L.d.F., Baggio, R.: The web of connections between tourism companies: Structure and dynamics. The development of the Internet has, then, catalysed a process of disintermediation within the tourism industry, affecting tour operators and travel agents to a significant degree. : A process-oriented perspective of IS success: Examining the impact of IS on operational cost. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management 55(5), 371–399 (2006), Yin, R.K.: The case study anthology. When you buy financial investments via an online brokerage firm, you are cutting out the stockbroker. The Responsible Tourism agenda now extends to animal welfare, child protection and the abuse of children and child trafficking fuelled by orphanage tourism. Disintermediation is important because it may increase the revenue retention rate. Brandweek 46(22), 24–32 (2005), Bennett, M.M., Lai, C.K. However, many users seem unable to absorb and exploit the variety of research performed in the area.Better mechanisms for interaction between users and researchers are needed, both outside and within the funding arenas. Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly 43(3), 46–52 (2002), Middleton, V.T.C., Clarke, J.: Marketing in Travel and Tourism, 3rd edn. © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. The irruption of online channels has also resulted in the disintermediation of the tourist distribution system, until recently dependent on tour operators. Disintermediation can take markets by surprise. Online booking pages, metasearch engines or recommendation pages and user opinions now play a fundamental role in booking travel. International Review of Retail, Distribution & Consumer Research 17(4), 327–339 (2007), Ross, J., Beath, C., Goodhue, D.: Developing Long-term competencies through IT assets. 198.57.247.208. Disintermediation, often referred to as “bypassing or cutting out the middleman,” is a growing trend for companies. Disintermediation is the act of eliminating the middleman in business transactions. International Journal of Hospitality Management 22(4), 453–460 (2003), Yilmaz, Y., Bititci, U.: Performance measurement in the value chain: manufacturing vs. tourism. This service is more advanced with JavaScript available, AMCIS 2010: Sustainable e-Business Management There are various reasons of disintermediation in the tourism industry. Tourism is an information-intensive market, characterised by asymmetric information between service providers and the customer. Disintermediation Over the years, without many alternatives, traditional travel agents were slowly eliminate, impel by the benefits brought by the internet to travel industry. This is what disintermediation looks like Despite the implementation challenges, something akin to Open Banking is bound to arrive on these shores in the near future. In financial terms, it is the removal of banks, … The Disintermediation of Travel. Journal of Travel Research 48(2), 230–244 (2009), Henderson, J.C., Venkatraman, H.: Strategic alignment: Leveraging information technology for transforming organizations. Disintermediation is a term for cutting out the intermediary. Banking wasn't prepared, and neither was the music industry. Information and Communications Technologies in Tourism. Disintermediation is when you remove middlemen from a supply chain or decision-making process. Undergraduates face many challenges in their future working environment, not least are the ramifications of technological development. Ultimately, this paper calls for future research on customer behaviors and strategic alignment for tourism SMEs. Intermediaries have traditionally played an important role as certifiers of products, and the revenue retention rate has been low, particularly for service providers in developing countries. Tourism and Hospitality Research 6(1), 8–23 (2005), Brown, D., Kaewkitipong, L.: Relative size and complexity: e-Business use in small and medium sized tourism enterprises in Thailand. IBM Systems Journal 38(2/3), 472–484 (1999), Hjalager, A.M.: A review of innovation research in tourism. Abstract It has been several decades since disintermediation was first known (although under other terms), and it seems that disintermediation has become increasingly intense, particularly in the tourism industry where many large hotels and airlines have successfully utilized the Internet and website as a direct channel to sell to their customers. : Building the valuable connection: Hotels and travel agents. : The future eTourism intermediaries. A loan directly from a … Tourism Management 22, 11–19 (2001), Law, R.: Disintermediation of hotel reservations: The perception of different groups of online buyers in Hong Kong. With the advent of internet based shopping in the 1990’s the term became the buzzword signifying the elimination of middlemen as a result of direct to consumer e-commerce methods and consumers dealing directly with service providers. The term disintermediation was first used in the early 1980s to describe change in the financial sectors of capitalist economies, especially the impact on broker firms of new technology in the stock market. The review of both academic literature and practical survey research shows that effect of disintermediation on Thai tourism SMEs might not be as extreme as it has been on European tourism SMEs in the near future. Online travel agencies, self-booking tools and the ability to make changes on the go have led to a big shift in the way we plan our trips. Annals of Tourism Research 27(3), 737–762 (2000), Medina-Munoz, D., Garcia-Falcon, J.M., Medina-Munoz, R.D. The internet has really revolutionized the running of the supply chain. Customer opinions and needs continue to adapt as technology and society evolve, and industry professionals wanting to develop their brands must understand how to use this principle. : Distribution channels in electronic markets: A functional analysis of the disintermediation hypothesis. Decision 33(1), 21–46 (2006), Alamdari, F.: Regional development in airlines and travel agents relationship. Prometheus 27(3), 195–209 (2009). ... “The changing value of travel agents in tourism networks: towards a network design perspective”. This is a preview of subscription content, Agrawal, D.K., Agrawal, D.P., Singh, D.: Internet Based Distribution Systems: A Framework for Adoption. One good example can be seen in the tourism industry where it provides its clients with information about the various tourist destinations and their major fascination. Part of Springer Nature. Transportation Journal 37(4), 20–25 (1998), Medina-Munoz, D., Garcia-Falcon, J.M. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management 21(6), 766–772 (2009), Lewis, I., Semeijn, J., Talalayevsky, A.: The impact of information technology on travel agents. Once affected by this phenomenon, traditional intermediaries have responded with new strategies, resulting in the concept of reintermediation. Unable to display preview. Whether you are a leisure or business traveler, you are likely aware that the world of travel has changed dramatically due to the rise of the internet and the spread of mobile devices. Three in-depth case studies of Thai tourism SMEs are summarized and presented to show how travel agents act to respond to the disintermediation. ’’ Therefore through disintermediation is no need for the travel agents; customers can interact directly with producers. It then became popular during the dot-com boom of the 1990s, when it was commonly used to capture the ways in which the Internet was reducing the role of previously powerful organizations in social, … Download preview PDF. Disintermediation has significantly affected several industries, including computer hardware and software, book and music stores, travel agencies, and stock brokers. Disintermediation or ‘cutting out the middle man’ as it is also known is, at first glance, an attractive concept for manufacturers with its cost-saving incentives. Reintermediation has a significant impact on certain organizations such as travel agencies, which thrive as suppliers of travel services. According to Heung 2003, bricks-and-mortal travel agents are under threat of competing online booking server of the travel industry (Heung, 2003, Standing et al.,) Changing customer buying behavior and products distribution structure of travel industry have led disintermediation of … Cite as. Qualitative Market Research 6(1), 7–17 (2003), Starbuck, W.: Learning from unusual events. Not affiliated There is no clear answer as to whether the Internet leads to disintermediation or not. Electronic Markets 9(1/2), 118–120 (1999), Schlenker, L., Crocker, N.: Building an e-business scenario for small business: the IBM SME Gateway project. According to Bennett and Buhalis (2003) disintermediation is the process of eliminating intermediaries within the distribution channel driven by electronic means that enable consumers to access and transact directly with suppliers and destinations”. The Impact of AI on Disintermediation Processes in the Tourism Industry: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5077-9.ch006: As an innovative technology, artificial intelligence (AI) leads to disruption and automation of almost every process and business model in almost any industry The growth of disintermediation over the last few years has been dramatic and it has created challenges in both dimensions of responsibility, namely for the consumers and in the destinations. Tourism Management 31, 1–12 (2010), Lafferty, G., Fossen, A.V. Journal of Enterprise Information Management 22(1/2), 212–231 (2009), Buhalis, D., Law, R.: Progress in information technology and tourism management: 20 years on and 10 years after the Internet Internet – The state of eTourism research. Euromonitor, Travel and Tourism in Thailand Report (2008), Eyefortravel, European Online Travel Report in 2007, EyeforTravel Research, London (2007), Gronflaten, O.: Predicting Travelers’ Choice of Information Sources and Information Channels. Disintermediation has become a significant trend for hospitality brands that want to understand how to remain relevant among modern customers. Buyers may choose to bypass the middlemen (wholesalers and retailers) to buy directly from the manufacturer, and pay less. Not logged in Similar to disintermediation, reintermediation can bring positive or negative impacts to the business, often depending on the type of industry the intermediaries operate in. The other reason is the cost reductions due to the removal of intermediates. Tourism Management 29, 609–623 (2008), Buhalis, D., Licata, M.C. Pearson Education Limited, Essex (2002), Clarke, S., Doherty, N.F. Within the study of e-commerce, this paper reviews the concepts of integration, disintermediation and reintermediation in the outbound marketplace, providing an overview which undergraduates might themselves compile. : Integrating the tourism industry: problems and strategies. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford (2001), Palvia, S., Jain, C., Vemuri, V.K. The role of travel agencies is to provide customers with not physical products but with information. Academy of management newsletter (1995), Rosenbloom, B.: The Wholesaler’s Role in the Marketing Channel: Disintermediation vs. Reintermediation. One of the main examples of disintermediation is the internet. Airbnb accommodates guests … Omega, 448–460 (2006), Chaffey, D.: E-Business and E-Commerce Management: Strategy, Implementation and Practice. – The purpose of this paper is to reexamine several issues about disintermediation from the perspectives of tourism product/service suppliers (hotels) and traditional intermediaries (travel agencies), considering the move of the current distribution landscape toward disintermediation. This paper examines disintermediation issues and situation and argues that in practice disintermediation, despite becoming increasingly intense, it will just require travel agents to acclimatize rather than to be removed from the tourism value chain. Ronnie Cheung and Pamela Lam define the disintermediation as ‘’an established middleman is … : The importance of a strong business-IT relationship for the realization of benefits in e-business projects: the experiences of Egg. Norwegian development research is widely used and applied in various settings, both in national contexts and not least internationally. pp 160-171 | Over 10 million scientific documents at your fingertips. It has been several decades since disintermediation was first known (although under other terms), and it seems that disintermediation has become increasingly intense, particularly in the tourism industry where many large hotels and airlines have successfully utilized the Internet and website as a direct channel to sell to their customers. The cases highlight the need for more study on customer behaviors which are likely to vary depending upon region and many other factors. Sloan Management Reviews, 31–42 (Fall 1996), Tse, A.C.: Disintermediation of travel agents in the hotel industry. One of the strongest examples is Dell Computers, which markets its products directly to customers, bypassing the normal retail outlets. Ronnie Cheung and Pamela Lam define the disintermediation as ‘’an established middleman is forced to be pushed out from the market. Arguments against the disintermediation of the tourism distribution channel Travel agencies are professional travel advisers and they offer valuable services and advice Travel agencies use expertise to save time for consumers Technology is difficult to use and expensive to acquire for individuals A large part of the market is computer illiterate The more complex computers and the Internet become, the … Disintermediation means to remove intermediation from the supply chain. ßc®¶×Ùe„—=ÄÉ$I'’¼FûïɾÛï±×[k‹ì²ÂKžâd’N¤“ÉRÊËË̸ݕu™Ö—ÚâçÐ uÐ ’–V^^eÆ쫬ȴ†´¾×8†€ “®€. Disintermediation and reintermediation have a significant impact on business organizations such as travel agencies, which exist primarily as intermediaries between suppliers of travel services. : The impact of the internet on travel agencies in Taiwan. 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