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The computer millennium bug’s impact on the hotel industry: a case study of the Kowloon Hotel

Rob Law (Assistant Professor, Department of Hotel & Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Mary Lau (Graduate Student, Department of Hotel & Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

Traditionally, the hotel industry has prided itself on its provision of quality service and therefore guest satisfaction. Unfortunately, hotel managers are often reluctant, or even resistant, to accept technologies, fearing that technologies might change their ability to provide hotel guests with the personal attention that characterizes a typical hotel business. Hotel managers’ low technical competence, and the wide adoption of technology‐assisted hotel operations, mean that the hotel industry remains at high risk regarding information technology (IT) problems. This paper reports on a study that investigates the Y2K readiness in various departments of the Kowloon Hotel. Based on the Kowloon Hotel’s experience, this paper serves to inform hotel managers that: most, if not all, hotels are at risk of future IT problems; the cost of a hotel for ignoring these problems could be huge, and most importantly; the problems’ influences will be timeless. That is, IT problems could have a long‐lasting impact on the entire hotel industry. Research findings of this paper should be of interest to hoteliers to better understand the impact of IT applications in the year 2000 and beyond.

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Law, R. and Lau, M. (2000), "The computer millennium bug’s impact on the hotel industry: a case study of the Kowloon Hotel", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 170-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110010320661

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