عنوان مقاله [English]
Human beings have always sought to find ways for coping with their routine life issues and predict future plans which guarantee their future and enable them to exploit surrounding space in the best possible way. Therefore, they innovated and created new things to accomplish their goals and realize their fantasies.
We can refer to the invention of computer and subsequently Internet as some of the instances which have caused a wonderful change in the world.
Now, we face a situation in which different countries, even the small and unimportant ones, have passed traditional and old methods and reached towards planning large-scale economic goals with a special emphasis on information technology and e-tourism to attract customers and exploit its enormous benefits for the economic development of their countries.
Due to rich cultural, artistic, historical and climatic resources, our country possesses a huge potential in attracting tourists which with a purposeful planning and appropriate introduction of potentials in tourism, can provide the requirements for employment and economic flourishing.
The present article considers nature and concept of electronic tourism and focuses on different dimensions of this kind of tourism. Results indicate that regarding abundant potentials in tourism and numerous technical, technological and human force possibilities, Iran must use tourism development, especially electronic tourism, to reach economic and social sustainable development.