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      EXPLORING USEFULNESS OF CRM AND IT IN MALAYSIAN HOTEL INDUSTRY: A QUALITATIVE APPROACH

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          Today, the hotel industry is deviating from their traditional way of doing business and is now becoming more customers focused aimed at developing a positive and satisfying relationship with their customers. Information technology (IT) is the most significant factor that is helping the management of hotel industry to lower costs, increase operational excellences with profitability and give value to customer’s time. Malaysian hotel industry is based on Malaysian customer, culture involving a specific way of treating customers. The competitive advantage in this industry is based on the time and cost factors, which worries the customer and the hotel management. Information technology has helped the entire industry to prevent the wastage of resources and time by fulfilling optimum customer needs and demands. This paper is an attempt to explore the customer relationship management and IT related issues in three star rated hotels in the state of Penang, Malaysia. This paper would contribute as a useful guide to three star hotels, giving them some valuable information on what the customer expectations are in terms of CRM and IT facilities and if they are duly met then services and operational issues shall not occur. The significance of this case study includes providing a scope for three star rating hotels to improve their IT based activities to influence service quality and reduce the weaknesses, through availing opportunities and to strengthen their position in the industry.  

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          Malaysia
          Pakistan
          Malaysia
          Journal
          Journal of Information and Communication Technology
          UUM Press
          April 23 2013
          : 12
          : 21-37
          Affiliations
          [1 ]School of Technology Management & Logistics UUM College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia
          Article
          10.32890/jict.12.2013.8135

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