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Managing reservations through online distribution channels: An insight into mid‐segment hotels in India

Swati Dabas (School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Institute for International Management & Technology, Oxford Brookes University, Gurgaon, India)
Kamal Manaktola (School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Institute for International Management & Technology, Oxford Brookes University, Gurgaon, India)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 17 July 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to evaluate current room inventory distribution strategies of mid‐segment hotels in India, identifying factors that influence the managerial decisions in selecting electronic distribution channel for their property.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative research methodology using structured interviews with senior level managers of five mid‐segment hotels in National Capital Region of India (NCR). Data collected were analysed to generalise the findings of this research.

Findings

Mid‐segment hotels in NCR rely on traditional distribution channels. Managers do not have sufficient knowledge about electronic distribution. There is a large gap between average room rate of mid‐segment hotels and higher‐level hotels. Demand during the period of study was higher and the trend for higher demand is likely to continue. Repeat business in mid‐segment hotels is nearly 70 percent.

Practical implications

The present high demand environment demands that the mid‐segment hotels look beyond their existing customer base and distribute inventory through multi‐channels including electronic distribution to achieve higher RevPAR, improved visibility and sustainable customer base for a longer period.

Originality/value

This research attempts to bring out factors that influence managerial decisions while selecting a distribution channel in the context of the Indian hospitality industry.

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Citation

Dabas, S. and Manaktola, K. (2007), "Managing reservations through online distribution channels: An insight into mid‐segment hotels in India", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 19 No. 5, pp. 388-396. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596110710757552

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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