From satisfaction to delight: a model for the hotel industry

Edwin N. Torres (Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA)
Sheryl Kline (Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Publication date: 1 June 2006

Abstract

Purpose

This article seeks to develop a managerial model that will aid in the effective management of customer relations. This study explains in detail the concepts of satisfaction and delight; their antecedents and potential outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

An extensive review of existing customer delight literature reveals the key concepts necessary for customer delight to occur.

Findings

Customer delight is a better measure of customer relationship management than customer satisfaction. Delight is likely to generate positive business results such as word‐of‐mouth communications, loyalty and increased profitability. Using existing literature a model is developed.

Practical implications

The proposed model can be used by managers to achieve customer delight in their organizations. It can also be used to gain a better understanding of the process of managing customer relations.

Originality/value

In the last few years the concept of customer delight has been taking precedence over the concept of satisfaction. Despite such emphasis, there are few published articles relating to this topic in the hotel industry. The study uses customer delight literature from various industries and attempts to apply such knowledge to the hospitality industry.

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Citation

Torres, E. and Kline, S. (2006), "From satisfaction to delight: a model for the hotel industry", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 290-301. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110610665302

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2006, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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