Service quality in China's hotel industry: A perspective from tourists and hotel managers

Kee Fu Tsang, Hailin Qu

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Assesses the perceptions of service quality in China's hotel industry, from the perspective of both international tourists and hotel managers. A questionnaire was used to survey a sample of 90 hotel managers and 270 international tourists who visited China and stayed at hotels in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. A descriptive statistics analysis was used (paired t-test and independent t-test) to evaluate the service quality of China's hotel industry from both the tourists’ and the managers’ perspectives, and to investigate the four gaps: between tourists’ expectations and their actual perceptions; between managers’ perceptions of tourists’ expectations and the actual expectations of tourists; between managers’ perceptions of a hotel's service delivery and tourists’ actual perceptions of the service; and between managers’ perceptions of tourists’ expectations and managers’ perceptions of their hotel's service delivery. The results showed that tourists’ perceptions of service quality provided in the hotel industry in China were consistently lower than their expectations and that managers overestimated the service delivery, compared to tourists’ perceptions of actual service quality, in the hotel industry in China. From the result of gap analysis, it might be concluded that Delivery Gap and Internal Evaluation Gap were the main reasons contributing to the service quality shortfalls in the hotel industry in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-326
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2000


  • China
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Hotels
  • Service quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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