A Classification of Virtual Reality Technology: Suitability of Different VR Devices and Methods for Research in Tourism and Events

  • Shinyong (Shawn) JungEmail author
  • Jiyong Jeong
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The purpose of this study is to review previous literature on Virtual Reality in tourism and events and suggest suitable VR devices for diverse research purposes and methods of each study. This paper provides a classification of VR devices based on physical connectivity, tracking system, and user behaviour. Then, a systematic overview of recent VR research in tourism and event and recommendations of suitable VR devices for each study were provided. Twenty one academic articles were reviewed by two VR engineers and one tourism/event expert. The current analysis can be used as a guideline for researchers to identify the right VR technology to collect and measure more relevant data, which in turn will increase the validity of research in general. This paper offers managerial implications for industry practitioners as well.


Virtual reality Tourism and events Classification Physical connectivity Tracking system User behaviour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Hospitality, Events, and TourismMetropolitan State University of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Home Entertainment Company/VR Project, LG ElectronicsSeoulSouth Korea

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