This paper describes smart tourism, examines opportunities for development with smart experiences and provides a case study of Nyköping as a tourist destination with Nyköping castle as an embedded case. The study is based on empirical research strategy with qualitative research methods. The approach is explorative and uses five different data collection techniques. The structure of this study has three complementary perspectives – supplier, service and consumer.
The purpose of this study is to contribute with new knowledge about smart tourism and development opportunities with technology mediated experiences. The survey creates an overall picture of Nyköping and Nyköping castle present situation and concludes with suggestions for development, as well, it identifies how smart tourism with technology mediated experiences can support the creation of new value-in-use for consumer on a tourist destination.
The survey shows that smart tourism is described as an umbrella term that covers all integrated efforts of a tourist destination to gather, shape and control the data emerging from the physical infrastructure, social contacts, governmental or business sources and human minds. To develop a successful smart tourist destination requires access to the necessary resources and visitors’ engagement through technology mediated experiences. The value adding factors of smart experiences that increase profits and prestige for destination are tourist attractions, availability, facilities, activities and related services that are mediated through technology.
The current study demonstrates that Nyköping and Nyköping castle has all prerequisites to become “smarter” in relation to technology mediated experiences that would benefit all parties – both tourists and tourist destinations.