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Do five-star hotel managers know their customers’ priorities? An AHP-Prioritised scorecard study

Alessio Ishizaka (Department of Operations and Systems Management, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)
Alfred Quintano (University of Malta, Msida, Malta)
Ashraf Labib (Department of Operations and Systems Management, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)
Alexandros Apostolakis (Hellenic Mediterranean University, Heraklion, Greece)

EuroMed Journal of Business

ISSN: 1450-2194

Article publication date: 25 June 2019

Issue publication date: 10 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Regular surveys by the Malta Hotels & Restaurants Association indicate a substantial improvement in the financial performance of five-star hotels in Malta in recent years. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to investigate if this positive performance is primarily due to customer centricity by management.

Design/methodology/approach

The assessment is based on the findings of a quantitative study that compared the results of a demand side (customer survey) with those of a supply side (management survey). In total, 24 decision-choice criteria were framed within the four perspectives (financial, customer, internal process and employee learning/growth) of the balanced scorecard. Actual and potential customers of five-star hotels and hotel managers were asked to rank the decision-choice criteria and the balanced scorecard perspectives. The multi-criteria decision analysis was carried out by means of the AHP.

Findings

The study showed that managers in the five-star hospitality sector in Malta are in harmony with customer expectations given the strong positive correlation between the results of the customer and management surveys.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited to the island of Malta but can be easily replicated for other touristic destinations.

Practical implications

This study has implication for hospitality customers, hotel managers and policy makers to help them to identify weak areas of hotel performance and improve them.

Originality/value

The paper has developed a Prioritised scorecard, a new hybrid balanced scorecard and AHP. Targets are therefore prioritised, which allow a better allocation of scarce resources.

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Citation

Ishizaka, A., Quintano, A., Labib, A. and Apostolakis, A. (2019), "Do five-star hotel managers know their customers’ priorities? An AHP-Prioritised scorecard study", EuroMed Journal of Business, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 137-167. https://doi.org/10.1108/EMJB-03-2018-0020

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