Technology in the Hospitality Management Industry Number

Technologyin the Hospitality Management Industry

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Technologyin the Hospitality Management Industry

Thespeed of innovation has over time been on the rise and continues tosurge. The hospitality industry has been one of the sectors that havegreatly adopted the developments taking advantage of the new tools toimprove its efficiency in operations, as well as connect with guestsmore effectively. Technology adoption is bringing along with changesranging from the back-of the house accounting to the front of thehouse table services, booking and communication within the industry(Fauzi,Hussain &amp Mahoney, 2011).

TheLa Vida Resortis one of the top meetings resorts in the region, with its popularityheightened by the resort’s ability to offer customized living roomsfor occasions such as meting areas, golf playing grounds, spaciousrooms among many other services. With the ever growing technologicalevolution, the hospitality industry has seen tremendous change in theproperty management system, which is the sole tool that coordinatesoperation functions, front office, sales, guest booking,reservations, food and beverage among all other aspects of thehospitality industry (Keown, 2013). The La Vida Resort is to receivea technology face lift updating its Property Management system andConference room technology. As the general manager, am pleased topresent this new technology to the management. However, before thepresentation of the new technology, there will be a presentation ofthe evolution of the hospitality industry.

Part1 Hospitality Timeline

Thehospitality industry in its current state has undergone numerousdevelopment and evolution. With the historical occurrences such ascivilization having massive impacts to the world industries even thehospitality sector. All in all, hospitality is as old as mankind, andhas in turn been under revolution to its current state (Quinn, 2012).The following is a simplified timeline indicating revolution oftechnology in the hospitality management industry.

HospitalityHistory Timeline (Taylor,2010)

Occurrence Date

Illustration

Event description

Early Hospitality

40 BC

Greatly influenced by the Roman and Greek culture

Greatly entailed business travelers

After fall of roman empire, hospitality came into the hands of religious orders

Medieval Period

5th to 15th Centuries

English travelers

Improves transport (stage coach)

Inns were private

Renaissance Period

16th Century

1st hotel was established (Hotel de Henry)

There was an increased demand for taverns and inns.

The New World

18th Century

The hospitality industries expanded to the southern colonies, Pennsylvania, England and New York

French Revolution

1789-1799

This period was marked with the use of chefs in the hotel industries

Railway transport development

19th Century

The invention of the railways positively helped the growth of the hospitality industry

Savoy Hotel Opened in London

Air travel

20th Century

Air travel became an instant impact in the hospitality industry

Resurgence

1990 to Today

Increase in the number of hotel chains

Mass tourism

Technological advancement

Mergers and acquisitions

Part2 Impact of Technology Report (Interview)

Thetechnological advancement and revolution have impacted almost eachand every sector that affect’s human. The hotel and hospitalityindustry has been one of the beneficiaries of such technologyrevolution. Mr. ‘Salvoo’ has been in the hospitality industry foralmost two decades now. He has worked in different one of them beingEncantadaBoutique Hotelin Mexico City. Having spent such time in the hospitality sector as amanager, he has experienced tremendous within the sector (Keown,2013). After interviewing him for some time, he revealed to me thetechnology changes in the world has tremendous impacted thehospitality and tourism industry. In other words, technology has beenone of the greatest tools affecting the hospitality industries(Fauzi, Hussain &amp Mahoney, 2011).

Oneof the positive impacts of technology advancement in the industry isthat, it has been a cost effective as it improves the process ofdoing things such as communication, advertisement, as well asdevising new ways of accomplishing tasks. With the implementation ofhotel/property management system, the adoption of technology has madethe management easy, and effective. For example, he indicated to methat, at the time he was getting into the management, people used tocall and book, for places, and sometimes, the phones were noteffective. With the adoption of the internet as well as itsintegration into the hospitality industry, aspects such ascommunication have been much more effective, as people can book foraccommodation from any part of the globe.

However,despite the positive aspects of technology development in theindustry, the development has somewhat been a disadvantage. One ofthe demerits is that, technology within the hospitality industry hasled to loss of jobs as people has been replaced by the devised toolwhich performed better and effectively than human. On the other hand,the industry has become over dependent on the technology tool in themodern times.

Salvoonoted to me that, the company has been on the forefront in theimplementation of the POS system among other technologies. Thisadoption has tremendously made his job easier such as processing ofvisitors’ requests on time. According to him, the system providessolution in addition to making his work easier, effectivecommunication as well as an effective track of the operations.Despite solving the problem, the system has posed a problem as itrequires specialized personnel, maintenance (Fauzi, Hussain &ampMahoney, 2011). Technology has greatly impacted daily operations inthe hospitality industry with much of the operation is dependent onit.

Inconclusion, it’s clearly evident that, technology has had a massiveimpact on the sector of hospitality with numerous and endless relatedadvantages. In terms of marketing, the technology advancement has ledto improvement in the sector despite the related shortcomings.Property management system has been a revolution I the sector, withthe modern management depending on it

References

Keown,J. (2013). Blending hospitality &amp technology.&nbspHospitality(11724285),&nbsp49(6),24-26.

Fauzi,H., Hussain, M. M., &amp Mahoney, L. (2011). Management ControlSystems and Contextual Variables in the Hospitality Industry.Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal,&nbsp6(2),63-83.

Quinn,K. A. (2012). The Importance of Technology, Systems, and InformationSkills in the Hospitality Industry.&nbspConsortiumJournal of Hospitality &amp Tourism,&nbsp17(1),66-82.