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The effect of management response similarity on online hotel booking: Field evidence from Expedia

Zili Zhang (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)
Hengyun Li (School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China)
Fang Meng (School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA)
Yuanshuo Li (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the influences of the number of hotel management responses and especially the textual similarity in hotel management responses to online reviews on hotel online booking.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used the data from 437 hotels in New York City on Expedia. The data specifically include online reviews, management responses and real-time number of online hotel bookings, which were merged to create one dataset for this study. To calculate the management response similarity, three widely recognized text mining functions of calculating textual similarity were adopted in this model. Fixed-effect panel data model was then used to examine the influence of management response to consumer online reviews on online hotel booking volume.

Findings

The empirical results demonstrate that the number of management responses to consumer online reviews does not significantly affect hotel booking; compared to none or only one management response, or management responses with low similarity, management responses with high similarity can significantly reduce the hotel booking on Expedia.

Practical implications

This study suggests that the similarity of management responses influences customers’ hotel booking, and hotel managers should avoid providing too similar management responses.

Originality/value

First, this study, for the first time, proposes the concept of management response similarity and its measurement methods. Second, this study takes an initial attempt to empirically test the influence of response similarity on hotel booking by using secondary data online.

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Citation

Zhang, Z., Li, H., Meng, F. and Li, Y. (2019), "The effect of management response similarity on online hotel booking: Field evidence from Expedia", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 31 No. 7, pp. 2739-2758. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-09-2018-0740

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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