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Corporate communication on social media: a case study before and during pandemic COVID-19

Jelena Mušanović (Department of Quantitative Economics, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Rijeka, Opatija, Croatia)
Jelena Dorčić (Department of Quantitative Economics, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Rijeka, Opatija, Croatia)
Maja Gregorić (Department of Quantitative Economics, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Rijeka, Opatija, Croatia)

Corporate Communications: An International Journal

ISSN: 1356-3289

Article publication date: 17 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine how hotel brands communicate on social media before and during the pandemic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in relation to the tourism season.

Design/methodology/approach

To gain insights into the communication of Italian hotel brands on social media, this study applies a qualitative methodology. Using the text mining technique, topic modelling was conducted on a sample of 5,032 posts from Italian 5-star hotel brands shared on the hotels' official Facebook pages.

Findings

The results show that hotel brands used essentially the same communication strategy in the tourism seasons before and after the pandemic outbreak, but with a particular focus on trust, safety and cordiality during the pandemic. Hotel brands focussed intensively on brand awareness, customer engagement and special activities that promote memorable and authentic experiences as well as luxury service quality.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the theoretical and empirical sense by bridging the concepts of tourism and hospitality, social media and corporate communication.

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Acknowledgements

This paper is the result of the scientific project “Analysis of human and corporate voice of tone on social media in hotel industry” which is supported by the University of Rijeka (Project No. ZIP-UNIRI-116-5-19).

Citation

Mušanović, J., Dorčić, J. and Gregorić, M. (2023), "Corporate communication on social media: a case study before and during pandemic COVID-19", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CCIJ-07-2022-0085

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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