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Evaluating Risk Management Readiness of Organizations towards COVID-19: A Case of the Small-scale Boutique Hotels

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M. H. M. Bassim,

SLIIT Business School, Malabe, LK
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology
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C. M. Ekanayake,

SLIIT Business School, Malabe, LK
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology
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S. Pulina L. W. Senevirathne,

SLIIT Business School, Malabe, LK
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology
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V. Udayakumar,

SLIIT Business School, Malabe, LK
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology
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N. P. Wickramaarachchi ,

SLIIT Business School, Malabe, LK
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology
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R. M. Munasinghe,

SLIIT Business School, Malabe, LK
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology
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V. R. Dunuwila

SLIIT Business School, Malabe, LK
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Sri Lanka Institute of Information and Technology
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Abstract

COVID-19 is a pandemic that has disrupted the tourism industry worldwide. This study identifies the risk-response strategies of small-scale boutique hotels to analyse business readiness in the face of COVID-19. A similar study has not been previously conducted in the Sri Lankan context. The research was conducted on small-scale boutique hotels in Sri Lanka using the convenience sampling method whereby four boutique hotels were selected from the Southern province. The gathered data were analysed using thematic analysis and the key variables identified were the managers’ perception and resource availability. The study found that 1) the boutique hotels were mainly dependent on foreign customers and thus faced heavy losses and 2) the strategy for continuing their business operations was based on downsizing, pay cuts, and targeting local customers through promotional offers on social media. The findings also revealed that efforts to attract local tourism were not successful. The lack of a contingency plan in the case of disruption of foreign tourism was evident. Based on the analysis, the risk-response strategies used for recurring shocks (e.g. floods, fire, etc.) are inadequate to face a crisis that has a long and unpredictable impact in nature. It was further evident that the hotel owners did not understand how to evaluate the risks of their business apart from what they have been facing continuously over the years.
How to Cite: Bassim MHM, Ekanayake CM, Senevirathne SPLW, Udayakumar V, Wickramaarachchi NP, Munasinghe RM, et al.. Evaluating Risk Management Readiness of Organizations towards COVID-19: A Case of the Small-scale Boutique Hotels. CINEC Academic Journal. 2021;5(1):85–92. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/caj.v5i1.76
Published on 05 Jan 2021.
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