Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Tourism as a Tool for Development and Territorial Planning in the Peripheral Regions

  • Saudy Giovanna Niño DINÂMIA'CET-IUL
  • Jenny Paola Danna Fundación Universitaria los Libertadores; Profesora Invitada de Grenoble School of Management (GEM)
Keywords: Geographic Information Systems, Georeferencing, Peripheral areas, tourism, territories


The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) aim at solving problems related to territories. This makes possible regional planning as well as organizing and managing the geographic space. In the case of the tourism sector, the GIS enhances planning through the knowledge given with respect to territories. The aim of this paper is to highlight the application of these systems for the promotion of new tourism destinations, including those in peripheral regions. Section 1 is a reminder about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and their use for information management. Then, section 2 explains which role can be given to GIS within the framework of tourism planning. Section 3 reviews some cases of such use worldwide. Section 4 explains why GIS can be seen as a tool to promote tourism in peripheral areas. Last, this work ends with some conclusions.