EVALUATING ELECTRONIC CHANNELS OF DISTRIBUTION IN THE HOTEL SECTOR: A DELPHI STUDY
This article is based on the findings of the initial rounds of a Delphi study that focused on identifying a potential range of methods to help hotels both select and evaluate electronic channels of distribution. A review of the background to both electronic distribution in the industry and hotel distribution in particular is provided, highlighting important issues for hoteliers. The work demonstrates the need for and potential utility of a channel evaluation methodology. Construction of the Delphi and the selection process for participants is described along with key findings and interim conclusions.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2000
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- Information Technology & Tourism is the first scientific journal dealing with the exciting relationship between information technology and tourism. Information and communication systems embedded in a global net have profound influence on the tourism and travel industry. Reservation systems, distributed multimedia systems, highly mobile working places, electronic markets, and the dominant position of tourism applications in the Internet are noticeable results of this development. And the tourism industry poses several challenges to the IT field and its methodologies.