Using SERVQUAL to determine Generation Y’s satisfaction towards hoteling industry in Malaysia

Ali Shafiq, M.I. Mostafiz, M. Taniguchi

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to use SERVQUAL to measure Generation Y’s (Gen Y) perceived service quality and its effects on their satisfaction toward the Malaysian hotel industry.

Design/methodology/approach
The required data were collected through questionnaire, distributed to 200 respondents in four areas of Klang Valley. The collected data were put through multiple regression to identify the effect of SERVQUAL dimensions on service quality.

Findings
The results reveal that all the elements of SERVQUAL, except tangibility, had a significant and positive relationship with customer satisfaction.

Research limitations/implications
It is a niche area research which is done on a small population in a specified geographical area within Malaysia, though its research implications are significant and add significantly to the tourism literature with respect to Gen Y.

Practical implications
This research holds importance in the growing service tourism and hoteling industry in Malaysia, where Gen Y holds a key economic position and is predicted
to grow even further in the near future.

Originality/value
It is a niche area research done on very specific consumers in Malaysia. It, therefore, adds to the emerging field of tourism in relation to Gen Y.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-74
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Tourism Futures
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Malaysia
  • Service quality
  • SERVQUAL
  • Hotel Industry
  • Gen Y

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