A recent University of Houston report on robots in hospitality claims that by 2030 over a quarter of hospitality jobs will be replaced by robots. Will robots ever replace all humans in hospitality? Next-gen technology will undoubtedly replace mundane, repetitive, and dangerous jobs in hospitality performed by housekeepers, porters and baggage handlers, concierges, security guards, line cooks, room service, bartenders, waiters, etc. Some hoteliers claim that hospitality is an industry of “people serving people” and robots will be playing only a marginal role. Others, citing the high labor costs which constitute as much as 50%-84% of overall hotel costs in these low travel demand, low occupancies era, predict that robots will replace humans in all dangerous, repetitive and mundane jobs at the property.
The question is, are robots coming to a hotel near you anytime soon?
Michael Vargosko, MBA, our Managing Director, EMEA, India and Caribbean & Latin America, participated in the Hospitality Net World Panel (Technology) in partnership with techtalk.travel. Read his viewpoint and that of his fellow panelists.