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Subject Area: Tourism and Hospitality
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|Title:||Emerging sales and marketing challenges in the global hospitality industry: A thematic analysis of customer reviews from the world's top two tourist destinations|
|Author(s):||Meghna Rishi, (Institute for International Management and Technology, Gurgaon, India), Sanjaya S. Gaur, (AUT School of Business, Faculty of Business and Law, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)|
|Citation:||Meghna Rishi, Sanjaya S. Gaur, (2012) "Emerging sales and marketing challenges in the global hospitality industry: A thematic analysis of customer reviews from the world's top two tourist destinations", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 4 Iss: 2, pp.131 - 149|
|Keywords:||France, Global hospitality management, Hotels, Sales and marketing issues and challenges, Thematic analysis, United States of America|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17554211211217316 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper attempts to identify the emerging themes that can shed light on the sales and marketing issues and challenges being faced by global hospitality organizations.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper utilizes a multi-method approach for data collection. A thorough literature review, a focus group and personal interviews were conducted to explore the themes and construct a tentative thematic web. Publicly accessible secondary data in the form of customer reviews were drawn from world's leading web site – Tripadvisor.com. A total of 702 reviews of the customers of luxury hotels from the world's top two tourist destinations – France and USA – were analyzed, using thematic analysis. Customers' perspective is juxtaposed with industry's perspective to offer insights on the sales and marketing issues and challenges being faced by hospitality organizations globally.
Findings – Marketing challenges, namely personalization/customization of services, service management, creating a strong parent brand, under-utilization of the social media and diverting tourists from heritage properties, are identified as some of the key emerging sales and marketing issues and challenges faced by the global hospitality industry.
Practical implications – Analytically identified themes in this research paper provide valuable insights on issues and challenges related to sales and marketing for the policy makers and practitioners from the hospitality industry. Findings are based on the analyses of real customer data from the world's leading tourist destinations. This makes the paper very valuable for both practitioners in the hospitality industry around the globe as well as for academic researchers working in this area.
Originality/value – This work is unique in nature because the authors did find any scholarly work addressing such an important issue. Use of real customer data and thematic analysis – a widely used qualitative analytic method for a scholarly study – in the hospitality field, enhances its value and contributes to the field by opening up avenues for further scholarly explorations and investigations.
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