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Progress and development of information and communication technologies in hospitality

Crystal Ip (School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Rosanna Leung (School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Rob Law (School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 31 May 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

In order to enhance operational efficiency, improve service quality and reduce costs, practitioners in the hospitality industry have widely adopted and implemented information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their businesses. Understanding what has been done and how ICTs have performed in the past and are performing in the present could assist practitioners and researchers in identifying research gaps and formulating future plans. This paper aims to address these issues

Design/methodology/approach

This study analyzed 88 full-length ICT-related research articles that were published in the period 1999-2008 in eight leading hospitality journals. The research focuses on all selected articles were in suppliers ' perspectives, and each article was analyzed by content analysis.

Findings

Seven dimensions were formed after content analysis including human resources and training, security, reservation, revenue management, marketing, guest services, as well as strategic and operational management. Published articles were comprehensively overviewed on ICT usage in suppliers ' perspectives. In this paper, suppliers refers to the providers of hospitality services.

Research limitations/implications

The major limitation of this study is the inclusion of only eight leading journals. Nevertheless, findings should be of use to researchers and practitioners to understand various ICT applications in the hospitality industry.

Originality/value

A major contribution of this paper is its comprehensive review of previous studies and their contributions to hospitality. Future research areas on ICT development and implementation in suppliers ' perspective are also offered.

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Acknowledgements

This project was supported by a research grant funded by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Citation

Ip, C., Leung, R. and Law, R. (2011), "Progress and development of information and communication technologies in hospitality", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 533-551. https://doi.org/10.1108/09596111111130029

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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