Municipal managers of midsized southeastern tourist cities compete for financial gain realized by tourists spending money during travel. Municipal managers must decide if spending on ICT is justifiable regarding enhancing tourism. This quantitative ex post facto research study investigated if a correlation existed between the variables of municipal ICT budget and annual city-visitor counts. The research also investigated if a correlation existed between the variables of municipal ICT budget and state annual tourism income. A convenience sample was utilized for the study that consisted of 27 midsized cities throughout eight southeastern states in the United States of America. Eleven historical years of financial data (2005–2015) were analyzed using the Shapiro-Wilk Test of Normality, Spearman rho, and scatterplots. This research found that there was a strong, positive relationship between the municipal ICT budget allocated by midsized southeastern tourist municipalities and annual city-visitor counts. This research found that there was a significant, moderate positive relationship between the municipal ICT budget allocated by midsized southeastern tourist municipalities and state annual tourism income received. To maximize the return on investment, municipal managers must think long term and must incorporate investments into an overall ICT strategy.
|Commitee:||Hargiss, Kathleen, Webb, James|
|Department:||Business and Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Information Technology, Public administration|
|Keywords:||Budget, ICT, Income, Municipal, Tourism, Visitor|
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