Hotel Managers’ Thoughts Towards New Technologies and Service Robots’ at Hotels: A Qualitative Study in Turkey


Doğan S., Vatan A.

Global Conference on Business and Economics, İstanbul, Türkiye, 30 Eylül - 03 Ekim 2019, cilt.1, no.1, ss.132

  • Cilt numarası: 1
  • Basıldığı Şehir: İstanbul
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Türkiye
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.132

Özet

This study aims to determine the views of hotel managers in Turkey on service robots. Despite the rapid development of robotic technologies and the increasing use of service robots in the tourism industry, academic research on the subject is limited. In Turkey, there had not been any research met for about service robots and the usage of service robots in hotels. In the study, firstly information about robotic technology and service robots had been given and then examples of service robots in the hospitality industry would be shown and the studies examined in international literature would be summarized. Within the framework of the qualitative research approach, the opinions of 18 hotel managers were consulted through a semi-structured interview form. The data obtained from the hotel managers were subjected to descriptive analysis within the scope of predetermined themes. As a result of the research, it is seen that hotel managers have a good relationship with technology and follow the technology closely. Most hotel managers are positive about service robots in their businesses. While the hotel managers think that the service robots will be widely used in the tourism industry in the coming years, it is more appropriate to use them in the departments where guest- employee interaction is low. They think that robotic studies should develop under control to ensure the consequences are in favor of humankind.