Customer perceptions of service quality in luxury hotels in New Delhi, India: an exploratory study

Purpose – The aim of the study is to assess the service quality perception of customers of luxury hotels, New Delhi in India and to help the hotel management identify areas that need attention to meet and exceed customer expectations. Design/methodology/approach – The study uses a survey and interview technique to accumulate information for analysis using SPSS version 12 and was conducted at different four- and five-star hotels in New Delhi involving hotel guests agreeing to participate. A usable sample of 271 participants resulted with a large majority being male. Findings – The importance-performance analysis shows that, for responses relating to front office, room service and in-house cafe/restaurant, the importance score is statistically significant to and higher than the performance rating. Overall, the results indicate significant difference between expectations of the guests and actual experiences, thus highlighting managerial implications. Research limitations/implications – The current study cannot claim to be wholly conclusive as it is limited to a small sample size from only one metropolitan city of India and there could be subjectivity in responses. From a practitioner's perspective the study provides an opportunity to recognise, in ranking order, features that are considered important by the guests staying in luxury hotels of New Delhi in India and to identify the areas of disparity in service and product quality. Originality/value – It is observed that this is a significant study of service quality in luxury hotels in India; in that sense the study contributes to the literature and provides an opportunity for a comparative study of service quality with other such studies undertaken in different parts of the globe.
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Mohsin, A. & Lockyer, T. (2010). Customer perceptions of service quality in luxury hotels in New Delhi, India: an exploratory study. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 22(2), 160-173.
Emerald Group Publishing