ITB 2024 Special Reporting
Technology readiness
Friday, 21st September 2007
Source : Cornell Center for Hospitality Research
A recent study finds thattechnology readiness differentiates hotel guests, the answers to ten questions about a person's use and acceptance of technology - can tell hotel operators about their guests' travel habits and preferences.

In a new study issued by Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research, a research team led by Professor Rohit Verma tested a tool known as the Technology Readiness Index (TRI).

The report, "Segmenting Hotel Customers Based on the Technology Readiness Index," by Rohit Verma, Liana Victorino, Kate Karniouchina, and Julie Feickert, is available at no charge from the center's website.

"The developers of the Technology Readiness Index applied it to other industries," noted Verma. " In our test, we found that it is an extremely effective tool for creating hotel guest segments. As they consider what services to offer, hotel operators can use this index to find out more about their guests."

Based on a sample of 865 hotel guests from across the United States, the study found that those who scored high on the TRI were relatively well educated and affluent. These technology-ready hotel guests were relatively frequent travelers, usually on business, who were willing to pay higher room rates.

The report includes the ten-question Technology Readiness Index, and explains its application.

About the Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. To learn more about center and its projects, visit www.chr.cornell.edu
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