Customer Relationship Management Successful Implementation in Tourism Industry

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Student, Department of Management Science, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Management Science, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran



Working on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) has an enormous impact on the activities in the tourism industry. But the success rate in CRM system implementation is too low, and failure has been seen in more than 70% of these projects. The purpose of this study is to provide a model for the successful implementation of a customer relationship management system in the tourism industry. This applied research is exploratory in nature and uses the grounded theory approach to study 35 tourism companies over a year. CRM project managers in these organizations participated in interviews, and their documents have been observed and analyzed. The results showed that successful CRM implementation in the tourism industry requires management support, organizational culture and belonging, and appropriate corporate literacy. Information Technology (IT) infrastructure and budget constraints are barriers to the deployment project. Integrating organization processes, training managers and staff, encouraging and punishing employees, strategic alignment, providing the technical infrastructure, providing sufficient customer recognition, and suitable budget development were identified as the prescriptive actions (or strategies) for successful implementation of CRM systems.


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