How hotel managers decide to discount room rates: A conjoint analysis [Summary]
Lee, Seung Hyun
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Hoteliers face a paradox in managing the differences between actual and expected demand in their daily operations. While making adjustments in pricing, management takes control of identifying a problem, collecting/interpreting information, and finally making a choice whether or not to discount. The role management plays in influencing the pattern of shifting demand in relation to room rates needs to be addressed. The purpose of this study was to explore how discount choices are made by hotel managers and to investigate the role of human judgment based on contextual factors in the decision-making process. A conjoint analysis was used to examine the discount decision-making process.