Title

Perceived Fairness of Revenue Management Practices in Casual and Fine-Dining Restaurants

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-29-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

Volume

2

Issue

1

First page number:

92

Last page number:

108

Abstract

Purpose – Restaurants typically have small profit margins and with the pressure of increasing food and labor costs, management is looking to revenue as a way to maintain and drive profits. One technique to increase revenue is through revenue management practices, but management needs to be aware of their customers’ reactions to these practices prior to implementation. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach – This study utilizes linear regression to determine the impact of select restaurant revenue management practices, customers’ familiarity with revenue management in general and in restaurants specifically, and customers’ demographics on perceived fairness of revenue management practices in casual and fine-dining restaurants. Findings – Results indicate that customers find certain restaurant revenue management practices, such as charging premium prices on certain days of the week, fair in both casual and fine-dining restaurants, while others are not in either. Non-refundable reservation fees were found to be fair for fine-dining establishments only. Increased familiarity with restaurant revenue management was associated with higher perceptions of fairness for both casual and fine dining. Age was the only demographic studied that affected perceived fairness. Originality/value – This study is the only known study to simultaneously evaluate the impact of price and duration restaurant revenue management techniques in combination with customer demographics and revenue management familiarity on consumer perceptions of fairness. Keywords Revenue management, Casual restaurant, Fine dining, Perceived fairness, Restaurant revenue management

Keywords

Revenue management; Casual restaurant; Fine dining; Preceived fairness; Restuarant revenue management

Disciplines

Food and Beverage Management

Language

English

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