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Role of artificial intelligence and robotics to foster the touchless travel during a pandemic: a review and research agenda

Loveleen Gaur (Amity International Business School, Amity University, Noida, India)
Anam Afaq (Amity International Business School, Amity University, Noida, India)
Gurmeet Singh (School of Business and Management, The University of the South Pacific,Suva, Fiji)
Yogesh Kumar Dwivedi (School of Management, Swansea University, Swansea, UK)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 24 August 2021

Issue publication date: 17 November 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The hospitality industry experienced an unanticipated challenge from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, research in this area is scarce. Accordingly, this study aims to unfold a three-angled research agenda to intensify the knowledge advancement in the hospitality sector. It proposes a theoretical framework by extending the protection motivation theory (PMT) to explain the guest’s intent to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics as a protective measure in reaction to COVID-19.

Design/methodology/approach

The research is centered on outlining the pertinent literature on hospitality management practices and the guest’s transformed behavior during the current crisis. This study intends to identify a research agenda based on investigating hospitality service trends in today’s changing times.

Findings

The study sets out a research agenda that includes three dimensions as follows: AI and robotics, cleanliness and sanitation and health care and wellness. This study’s findings suggest that AI and robotics may bring out definite research directions at the connection of health crisis and hospitality management, taking into account the COVID-19 crisis.

Practical implications

The suggested research areas are anticipated to propel the knowledge base and help the hospitality industry retrieve the COVID-19 crisis through digital transformation. AI and robotics are at the cusp of invaluable advancement that can revive the hotels while re-establish guests’ confidence in safe hotel practices. The proposed research areas are likely to impart pragmatic lessons to the hospitality industry to fight against disruptive situations.

Originality/value

This study stands out to be pioneer research that incorporated AI and robotics to expand the PMT and highlights how behavioral choices during emergencies can bring technological revolution.

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Citation

Gaur, L., Afaq, A., Singh, G. and Dwivedi, Y.K. (2021), "Role of artificial intelligence and robotics to foster the touchless travel during a pandemic: a review and research agenda", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 33 No. 11, pp. 4079-4098. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-11-2020-1246

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