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The impacts of brand personality and self-congruity on consumers' intention to stay in a hotel: does consumer affinity matter?

Sheng-Hshiung Tsaur (Department of Marketing and Tourism Management, National Chiayi University, Chiayi, Taiwan)
Fu-Sung Hsu (School of Business, Minnan Normal University, Zhangzhou, China)
Hsiao-Wei Ching (Department of Hospitality Management, Tungnan University, Shenkeng, Taiwan)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

ISSN: 2514-9792

Article publication date: 23 November 2021

Issue publication date: 20 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purposes of this study were to explore the moderating effect of consumer affinity on brand personality and consumers' intention to stay in a hotel, as well as on self-congruity and consumers' intention to stay in a hotel.

Design/methodology/approach

This study collected data from 386 inbound tourists to Taiwan. Hierarchical regression analysis was applied to analyze the data.

Findings

The results showed that brand personality, self-congruity and consumer affinity have significant positive effects on consumers' intention to stay in a hotel, respectively. Moreover, consumer affinity has significant moderating effect on brand personality and intention to stay in a hotel, as well as on self-congruity and intention to stay in a hotel.

Practical implications

Consumer affinity is a construct that identifies national attributes, and it strengthens the relationships between brand personality or self-congruity and consumers' intention to stay in a hotel from the level of country-specific affect. The results of this study can provide hotel marketers with reference for marketing management.

Originality/value

Although past studies have examined the relationship between consumer affinity and purchase intention or behavior, the effect of consumer affinity construct on hotel consumers' intention to stay remains sparse in the hotel context. This study confirmed that consumer affinity has significant moderating effect on brand personality and intention to stay in a hotel, as well as on self-congruity and intention to stay in a hotel.

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Citation

Tsaur, S.-H., Hsu, F.-S. and Ching, H.-W. (2023), "The impacts of brand personality and self-congruity on consumers' intention to stay in a hotel: does consumer affinity matter?", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 246-262. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTI-06-2021-0137

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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