Marketing and Management of Innovations

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Oleksii Lyulyov

Sumy State University | Ukraine

Innovations in Marketing Communication in the Hospitality Business in Slovakia During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Marcel Lincenyi1 , Katarina Svejnova Hoesova1 , Michal Fabus1,* 
  1. Bratislava University of Economics and Management (BUEM), Slovakia

     * Corresponding author

Received: 05 June 2023

Revised: 31 August 2023

Accepted: 04 September 2023


The main purpose of the article was to describe selected factors of hotel business in the Slovak Republic in the years 2001 to 2020 and identify the economic impacts of measures related to the pandemic crisis COVID-19 in 2020. At the same time through selected marketing tools. Paper is also focused on innovative marketing tools used in the hotel business during a pandemic time and their impact on business effectiveness. To analyze the situation in the hotel business in the Slovak Republic, we used a statistical method of comparison within the period under study. To obtain qualified answers to the stated research goals and subsequent research questions, we statistically processed available data on the number of domestic and foreign visitors, as well as the capacity of accommodation facilities in the monitored period. Subsequently, we carried out research in the hotel sector using the method of controlled structured interviews. The results were processed through exploratory factor analysis, based on which we were able to evaluate marketing tools with the most significant impact on efficiency in the hotel business in the Slovak Republic. The measures taken in connection with the coronavirus COVID-19 caused significant economic impacts on the hotel business in the Slovak Republic, as in 2020 the number of foreign visitors dropped to 20-year lows. The analysis of the environment in the hotel business for the period under study showed that the impact of measures within the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the number of visitors, the amount of revenues and the number of accommodation facilities. The research of structured interviews with accommodation facility managers showed that the use or non-use of marketing activities (websites, PPC advertising, social media) had a significant effect on the reduction of revenues. The findings of the analysis of the environment clearly show that the relaxation of the economic measures in the summer of 2020 increased the number of domestic visitors to a higher level than in the same period in 2019, but there was no increase in the number of foreign visitors. We can state that if the epidemic comes under control, there will be a massive increase in the number of visitors and thus an increase in revenues. In case, that Slovak hotel managers would use innovative marketing tools more in the future when communicating with potential customers, it is highly probable that their potential losses would be lower in the next crisis.

Keyword: hotel sector; sustainability; pandemic COVID-19; Slovak Republic; marketing activities.

How to Cite: Lincenyi, M., Svejnova Hoesova, K., & Fabus, M. (2023). Innovations in Marketing Communication in the Hospitality Business in Slovakia During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Marketing and Management of Innovations, 14(3), 230–242.

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