Fathoming Big Data Analytics for Community-Driven Strategies in Rural Tourism Development

By Kristianus Oktriono, Business Administration Department, College of Management ; Asia University Taiwan kristianoktriono@gmail.com


Rural tourism has become a new trend and a unique attraction in recent decades. This marks a shift from mass tourism to alternative tourism and rural tourism. Rural tourism is seen as a tourism pearl that promises to develop the economy in rural areas while empowering communities by increasing their competence and capacity. However, planning and development require understanding strategic steps involving many parties. With good planning, decision-making can be targeted more carefully to achieve targets. A complete understanding of tourist preferences and needs, the allocation of local resources, and the needs of local communities is an essential key to developing tourist villages. Service providers must have comprehensive data to be more targeted in this context. This article reviews several significant potentials of big data for empowering rural communities. With this data, stakeholders can take strategic steps following the context of rural area development and fulfill the aspirations of local communities. From a study of several works of literature, this article emphasizes how big data can help relevant parties provide valuable insights related to tourist needs, behavior, trends, marketing, and development of tourist destination attractions. Armed with data from several digital and non-digital sources, the public can understand market conditions, the level of interest, and tourist satisfaction. This article also explains the extent of community participation in developing a rural tourist destination. This information will describe field mapping in this corridor, reflecting cultural, ecological, and socio-economic-based tourism strategies. With this understanding, service providers will see the challenges and opportunities of developing tourist villages and mapping their strengths and weaknesses. Some concentrations emphasize aspects of data security, availability of technological infrastructure, community skills and capabilities in accepting new technology, stakeholder capacity, data privacy, and cross-sector collaboration. Finally, this article will highlight local communities’ empowerment in the transformation process of using Big Data to utilize shared knowledge and increase their creativity. The aim is to prepare planning and development strategies for rural tourism areas effectively, efficiently, and sustainably. Arguably, adopting technology and big data in tourist village communities will open up many opportunities for the progress and welfare of communities that maintain local wisdom, culture, social welfare, equality, and environmental sustainability.

1. Introduction

The development of tourist areas has become a particular concern since the shift in tourism trends from mass tourism to rural tourism. This indicates the importance of managing an area that has the potential to become a leading destination. Regarding tourists’ motivation, tourists are influenced by two main factors: push and pull factors. To understand this phenomenon, management needs to understand the supporting data so that the transformation process can answer existing challenges following strategies that empower local communities. One of the attractions of tourist villages is tourists’ curiosity to explore new places, such as tourist villages, because of the uniqueness of tourist villages, which highlight authentic local culture and allow them to experience direct connections with the local community. In this sense, big data emphasizes the role of big data and reveals its function in developing rural tourist destination areas and coping with tourist needs. Utilizing Big Data in sustainable tourism will tackle diverse challenges while bolstering decision-making processes in select situations [1].

Following changes in this phenomenon, tourism drivers must take new, creative, and innovative approaches in rural tourism areas. This will prioritize several vital aspects, such as preserving local culture based on local wisdom, ecological balance, and socially equitable economic prosperity. To make this happen, extensive data-based analysis in tourism is an essential focus because the data used is relevant and current. This data will open up new opportunities and significantly impact the development of tourist village areas. This data also assists policymakers in choosing community-based tourism strategies according to destination characteristics. These characteristics represent the inherent advantages of tourist villages and accommodate the aspirations of village destination managers and tourists. Using big data significantly impacts planning and developing tourist village destinations. Of course, these two stages require reliable and valid data so that decision-making significantly impacts society. Stakeholders can take advantage of the advantages of big data in determining multi-layer and cross-sector strategies. Big data will provide essential insights and analysis from various sources such as social media, digital tourism product orders, tourist surveys, and other historical data regarding tourist villages. In this case, Big Data Analytics represents a disruptive technology that has significantly impacted the tourism sector [2].

With this wealth of information, people in the tourism industry will filter the relevant data and map it into specific patterns. This pattern is a trend to anticipate changes in tourist tendencies and prepare tourism products in tourist villages that are right on target. Apart from that, stakeholders must weigh the negative impacts not to harm local communities, visitors, tourism industry activists, and the environment. Furthermore, stakeholders prioritize the development of sustainable tourism villages that involve the community and develop local potential. Another aim is to increase the sense of belonging. Moreover, the internet can be harnessed as a conduit for accessing precise information and conducting thorough analyses facilitated by search engines and big data [3].

Furthermore, Next is the integration of big data technology to synergize all stakeholders. On the one hand, the community will collaborate in planning and developing tourist village destinations. For implementation, related parties need a data access and sharing platform. With effective and secure data distribution, communication can be well established between tourism businesses, tourists, tourism associations, and the private and public sectors. With this collaborative approach, potentially profitable initiatives will align with the tourist village’s values, vision, and mission, as stated in the tourism village development master plan. In the tourism context, big data refers to information initially generated for technical purposes and then reanalyzed to achieve research objectives in the tourism sector [4].

2. The Potentials of Big Data for Empowering Rural Communities

The following is some of the potential of big data in empowering communities in tourist village areas.

A. Decision Making:

The application of big data brings a lot of potential for the availability of abundant information sources. The abundance of data will help decision-makers design strategic steps. Apart from that, all groups can rely on the accuracy of the data used from this data warehouse. This becomes a navigator for related parties regarding the complexity of planning and developing tourist villages efficiently and effectively. Big data from mobile network systems provides extensive insights into a broad and representative population of visitors to a destination [5]. Access to comprehensive data will help related parties analyze all opportunities, patterns, trends, and correlations that occur in rural tourism. For example, associated parties will consider fluctuations in tourist visits per season, changes in consumer consumption patterns, and developments in the tourist market [6]. This information allows decision-makers to direct village tourism development more effectively, reduce risks, and explore new opportunities and sustainable development.

B. Holistic Understanding:

Tourism dynamics bring many challenges to the tourism industry. Big data will provide mapping to all parties, especially those related to tourist trends and tourist consumption behavior. Complete data regarding tourist demographics, travel patterns, habits, and feedback will provide a comprehensive understanding of the driving factors influencing the decision-making process. By understanding and analyzing this, strategic patterns and initiatives in policymaking will respond to emerging demand patterns and trends so that each tourist village can adapt to market conditions and become more competitive. As a result, the tourism sectors have recognized and harnessed the potential value of big data analytics [7].

C. Developing Marketing Strategy:

Optimizing resources is one of the focuses of developing tourist villages. Resources must be mapped well with the right marketing strategy to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. With extensive data analysis, target market identification can be mapped more precisely, leading to marketing campaigns, gradual promotional activities, and more targeted measurements. In the age of big data, online reviews serve as a reliable cornerstone for this research [8]. The ability to capture market segments is one of the strategic planning steps, especially regarding tourist attractions in destination areas that accommodate tourist needs. This requires harmonization with all aspects of life to achieve sustainability in developing tourist villages.

D. Community participation:

Big data involves many related parties in the planning and development layer of tourist village destinations. The data can be generated from several resources [9]. The community is invited to be actively engaged in this process and participate in the implementation sector. The involvement of local communities shows their active role in using technology adaptively. Apart from that, community participation reflects local wisdom values. The community will change its mindset based on data to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the tourist villages being built. With this increase in community capability and capacity, there will be a sense of shared ownership and creativity in design and implementation. Cultural and natural wealth can be utilized wisely to contribute to a sustainable development model for rural tourism destinations.

Figure 1. The Potentials of Big Data for Empowering Rural Communities

3. Conclusion

The application of big data in planning and developing a tourist village area provides several critical analyses. This analysis is related to mapping local tourism potential. This process requires active involvement from all groups, especially managers in tourist villages. If done, elements of community empowerment based on big data can be improved. Integrating big data at this stage will pioneer changing the development pattern of local community-based tourism villages that pay attention to development principles. The aim is to increase tourism development, the ability and capacity of local communities, equitable social welfare, and the preservation of local cultural nature. Big data has at least four potential uses in empowering local communities in tourist village destinations. First, decision-making by stakeholders becomes more integrated because it is data-based. This data leads to several vital targets, such as tourist behavior patterns, travel trends, weather predictions, etc. Big data is expected to reduce risks in implementing tourism village development. Second, big data can provide comprehensive information so policymakers can understand the tourism dynamics map covering multiple aspects. Big data offers a novel approach to comprehending tourist behavior and improving predictive precision [10]. Third, big data helps in strategic marketing aspects. This is related to the target market segment. With accurate data, resource optimization becomes more targeted, marketing campaigns become more efficient, and promotions are effective, thereby saving costs and time. Fourth, community involvement in using big data shows how helpful technology is in decision-making. This decision considers collective goals with wise use of natural and other resources. In conclusion, using big data in the initial analysis allows all parties and stakeholders to build and develop tourist villages with specific strategies that utilize their most tremendous potential. The ultimate goal is to achieve sustainability that brings prosperity to all groups equally without erasing the value of local wisdom and destroying the environment.


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