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Heritage hotels and customer experience: a text mining analysis of online reviews

Vinay Chittiprolu (School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India)
Nagaraj Samala (Woxsen School of Business, Woxsen University, Hyderabad, India)
Raja Shekhar Bellamkonda (School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India)

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

ISSN: 1750-6182

Article publication date: 5 March 2021

Issue publication date: 30 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

In business, online reviews have an economic impact on firm performance. Customers’ data in the form of online reviews was used to understand the appreciation and service complaints written by previous customers. The study is an analysis of the online reviews written by the customers about Indian heritage hotels. This study aims to understand the dimensions of service appreciation and service complaints by comparing positive- and negative-rated reviews and find the patterns in the determinants of the satisfaction and dissatisfaction of the customers.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 23,643 online reviews about heritage hotels were collected from the TripAdvisor website by using a Web crawler developed in Python. A total of 1000 reviews were randomly selected for further analysis to eliminate the bandwagon effect. Unsupervised text mining techniques were used to analyze reviews and find out the interesting patterns in text data.

Findings

Based on Herzberg two-factor theory, this study found satisfied and dissatisfied determinants separately. The study revealed some common categories discussed by satisfied and dissatisfied customers. The factors which satisfy the customers may also dissatisfy the customers if not delivered properly. Satisfied customers mentioned about tangible features of the hotel stay, which includes physical signifiers, traditional services, staff behavior and professionalism and core products (rooms, food). However, most of the customers complained about intangible service problems, such as staff attitude, services failure, issues with reservation and food, value for money and room condition. The results are contradicting with commercial hotels-based studies owing to the unique services provided by heritage hotels.

Practical implications

The dimensions for satisfaction and dissatisfaction among customer of heritage hotels provide marketers to understand the real emotion and perception of the customers. As these dimensions were extracted through text mining of the reviews written by the customer of heritage hotels, the results would certainly give better insights to the hotel marketers.

Originality/value

The study is a rare attempt to study online reviews of customers on heritage hotels through a text mining approach and find the patterns in the behavior and the determinants of satisfaction and dissatisfaction of customers.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank all the reviewers for their valuable suggestions.

Citation

Chittiprolu, V., Samala, N. and Bellamkonda, R.S. (2021), "Heritage hotels and customer experience: a text mining analysis of online reviews", International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 131-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCTHR-02-2020-0050

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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