Understanding marketing strategies with particular reference to small- and medium-sized hotel businesses in the United Arab Emirates
Ahmad, Syed Zamberi
Saber, Hussein M.
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This study attempts to empirically investigate the marketing practices of the small- and medium-sized hotels in the United Arab Emirates, which has not been extensively researched in the context of the accom- modation sector in Arab region. Findings from the survey and semi-structured interviews with owners– operators of small- and medium-sized hotels revealed that, to remain competitive in the hotel businesses, small- and medium-sized hotels owners–operators undertaken various marketing practices in terms of positioning, product, price setting, and promotional strategies. The research reported in this paper seeks to make a contribution to the understanding of marketing strategies in small- and medium-sized hotels specifically and, more generally, to the area of small- and medium-sized enterprises or entrepreneurial marketing.