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Most important factors in hotel guests' acceptance of AI technology

By our News Team | 2023

Researchers say it’s important for hotels to be accountable and transparent about data privacy and security to ensure AI is used responsibly.

Over the past couple of years, artificial intelligence (AI) has greatly improved hotel operations and efficiency by automating processes such as booking and contactless check-in, allowing staff to focus on providing premium, personalised experiences to guests faster and at reasonable prices.

In a new study from the University of Houston in the US, Professor Cristian Morosan and his former doctoral student, Aslihan Dursun-Cengizci, are shedding new light on just how accepting hotel guests are of AI technology.

“We looked at a number of things that could influence customers when they delegate some of their decisions to AI,” Morosan said. “And the most important factors were perceived ethics, followed by benefits. For instance, it is important for hotels to be accountable and transparent about data privacy and security to ensure AI is used ethically and responsibly.”

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Explains Morosan: “Imagine you arrive at the hotel; you’ve already checked in and got your mobile room key and you don’t have to wait in line at the front desk. And now, based on what it knows about you, the AI has already made a dinner reservation for you.”

AI can also improve hotel revenue management by determining the best room rates in real-time to help maximise profits and provide in-depth data analysis to help operators leverage customer information to strengthen marketing systems.

But hospitality establishments must also be keenly aware of the risks of AI technology on the guest experience. According to Morosan, they want to know the AI is making the right decision for them.

“When guests perceive the AI decision as unethical or incompetent, it has a negative impact on their experience and willingness to engage with it.
“The bottom line is consumers are ready to accept AI technology in their travel experiences. The more hotels focus on the ethics and benefits of the decisions the AI makes, the more likely consumers would use the technology and incorporate it into their entire experience. It just needs to be integrated with humans because they’ll always want that personal touch.”

You can find out more about the study here.

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