Digital transformation and revenue management: Evidence from the hotel industry


Alrawadieh Z., ALRAWADIEH Z., Cetin G.

TOURISM ECONOMICS, vol.27, no.2, pp.328-345, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1354816620901928
  • Journal Name: TOURISM ECONOMICS
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, ABI/INFORM, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, CAB Abstracts, EconLit, Geobase, Hospitality & Tourism Complete, Hospitality & Tourism Index, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.328-345
  • Keywords: digital transformation, hotel industry, innovation in tourism, revenue management, RM software, INFORMATION-TECHNOLOGY, TOURISM MANAGEMENT, HOSPITALITY, IMPACT, CHALLENGES, FUTURE, PERFORMANCE, REVOLUTION, PROGRESS, DRIVERS
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

To maximize their revenues and protect their market share against traditional competitors (e.g. formal lodging businesses) and disruptive business models (e.g. Airbnb), the lodging industry increasingly relies on technology in various operations. However, the extent to which hotels adopt technology innovation in their revenue management (RM) operations, as well as the benefits of and barriers for digitalization, remains unclear. Moreover, the possible impacts of digital transformation on the future of revenue managers' professions have been largely overlooked in previous studies. Drawing on qualitative data collected through 23 semistructured interviews with revenue managers in luxury and upscale hotels across Jordan, the findings suggest that RM is going through digital transformation with different levels of sophistication. While acknowledging the benefits of digital transformation in saving time, supporting the decision-making process, and yielding more revenues, the high cost of RM software emerges as a key barrier for digital transformation. The findings also reveal that the automation of various manual heuristics in RM is far from being possible, and therefore, digital transformation is unlikely to pose a threat to the future of the RM profession.