Travel review website usage: a cultural perspective

Cassidy, Leonie, and Pabel, Anja (2019) Travel review website usage: a cultural perspective. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, 10 (3). pp. 311-322.

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Purpose – This study aims to investigate tourists’ propensity to use travel review websites (TRWs) during the pre- and post-travel stages from a cultural perspective.

Design/methodology/approach – This quantitative study is guided by the positivist paradigm. Data were obtained from an online survey, focussing on Australia, Canada, India and Malaysia.

Findings – The results indicate significant relationships between country of residence and the time research begins prior to an international or domestic holiday being undertaken; between country of residence and trust levels for information on TRWs; and country of residence and whether or not respondents post reviews on TRWs. These results are discussed using Hofstede’s cultural dimensions. Long-term orientation shows a moderate cultural influence of respondents’ trust of information on TRWs, while a country’s individualistic or collectivist orientation has a strong influence on respondents’ posting/not posting a review on a TRW.

Research limitations/implications – Care should be taken when generalising the findings beyond the study population, as no randomisation occurred with survey distribution.

Practical implications – The results of this study have implications for managers of tourism businesses wishing to better facilitate information-sharing behaviours of their customers through TRWs.

Social implications – The cross-cultural comparisons used in this study add value to tourism studies, particularly when comparing Eastern and Western societies.

Originality/value – The study adds to the knowledge base on consumer pre- and post-trip online behaviours, considering the effect of country of residence and any influence from Hofstede’s cultural dimensions.

Item ID: 73598
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1757-9899
Keywords: Tourist behaviour, Hofstede, Online survey, Pre-trip, Post-trip, Travel review website
Copyright Information: © Emerald Publishing Limited
Date Deposited: 15 May 2022 23:46
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350899 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism @ 100%
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