Document Type : Scientific Research Manuscript


PhD student of tourism at Allameh University



The technological revolution is the result of the third wave of revolutions. This revolution left changes in tourism industry.The advancement of technology has created new opportunities for virtual tourist. Therefore, the virtual tourist experience and tourists' behavior has become an important topic for tourism studies. The purpose of this research is to identify and explain theoretical approaches in the field of virtual tourists' behavior. Based on this, using a scoping review, 27 articles were extracted from the Scopus database. Quantitative findings show that the leading countries in the field of virtual tourism research are China and the United States the Max QDA software was used. Quantitative findings show that China and America are the proposed countries in the field of virtual tourism research. The most important theoretical approaches to tourist behavior are the technology acceptance model, stimulus-organism-response theory, planned behavior, flow theory, and attention recovery. In this research, it has been tried to use the scoping method to discover the nature of the issues, research gaps and summary of the main approaches. Researchers generally use systematic rather than scoping methods for such purposes. One of the goals of this research is to introduce this new systematic method for research literature review. Finally, each of the theories can be a research topic for future research; therefore, this article will be a good resource for researchers.


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