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Improving the Service Quality as a Socially Responsible Activity of Hotel Companies

Ivana Blesic (), Slobodan Cerovic and Vanja Dragicevic
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Ivana Blesic: University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, The Republic of Serbia
Slobodan Cerovic: University Singidunum, Belgradе, The Republic of Serbia
Vanja Dragicevic: University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, The Republic of Serbia

The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, 2011, vol. 13, issue 29, 273-286

Abstract: In this article, the results of the survey examining quality of service in spa hotels are interpreted. Research was conducted in five spas in West Morava region during August and September 2008. Service quality was measured with a model based on SERVQUAL model. Collected data were analyzed using statistical methods of descriptive statistical analysis and analysis of variables ANOVA, which were useful in defining whether there is statistically significant connection between dependant variables (questions on expectations and perception) and independent variables (structure of respondents regarding their occupation). The results indicate negative SERVQUAL gap in total (-0.21). The largest negative SERVQUAL gap was noted at the first determinant related to the tangible elements of service, which further points to conclusion that main problems in providing high-quality services in the spa hotels are inappropriate arrangement of facilities and equipment, time worn of facilities in general, lack of understanding of contemporary demand trends, unaccomplished process of hotel privatization, uniformity of tourism offer and lack of market research related to hotel services consumers. In the authors’ opinion, the aforementioned problems could be overcome with creation and implementation of development strategies with short and long term development plans, as well as with investment incentives in spa tourism development. The organization with strategy based on the principles of social responsibility has the potential to built and sustain successful relationships with present and potential customers, as well as with all interested stakeholders.

Keywords: service quality; SERVQUAL; spa hotels; corporate social responsibility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C10 L15 M14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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