Tourist acceptance of travel bots in the hospitality industry

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dc.contributor Rejón Guardia, Francisco Kulakova, Galina 2019 2020-02-26T11:01:13Z 2019-07-04
dc.description.abstract [eng] Technological developments are changing the hospitality industry, and companies are investing in service automation. Among them, Chatbots play a significant role in the communication and marketing efforts of hospitality enterprises. Empirical evidence that demonstrate the importance and benefits of chatbots in has been acquired by the conducted research. However, the acceptance of chatbots in the hospitality industry, or travelbots, has not been studied yet. The purpose of this study is to explore the acceptance of travelbots in the hospitality industry by travellers. A research model is proposed based on the extended Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2) model. New variables suggested by previous research were added to complement the original UTAUT2 model: Perceived Risk, Perceived Security and Need for Human Interaction. We used Smart PLS to estimate the model and PLSc to estimate reflective measurement models; the factor-weighting scheme for inner weighting were used, and statistical inferences were based on the bootstrap procedure. The results of the study demonstrate that hedonic motivation is the main predictor of intention to use travelbots. Also, the results showed that effort expectancy, performance expectancy, habit and perceived security significantly predict intention to use travelbots. Our results have significant managerial implications for understanding traveller’s views on travelbots and improving customer experience in the hospitality industry. ca
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dc.language.iso eng ca
dc.publisher Universitat de les Illes Balears
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dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 338 - Situació econòmica. Política econòmica. Gestió, control i planificació de l'economia. Producció. Serveis. Turisme. Preus ca
dc.subject.other UTAUT ca
dc.subject.other Travelbots ca
dc.subject.other Chatbots ca
dc.subject.other Socialbots ca
dc.subject.other Technology acceptance ca
dc.subject.other Artificial Intelligence ca
dc.title Tourist acceptance of travel bots in the hospitality industry ca
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis ca
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion 2019-11-29T10:57:44Z info:eu-repo/date/embargoEnd/2050-01-01
dc.embargo 2050-01-01
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