Do customers care about types of hotel service recovery efforts? An example of consumer-generated review sites
Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology
Article publication date: 13 March 2017
Focusing on hotel managers’ service recovery efforts to service failures, this study aims to explore effects of different types of service recovery strategies on customers’ trust, satisfaction and behavioral intentions in the context of consumer-generated media.
This study conducted a 2 × 2 × 2 between-subjects experimental design to examine effects of hotels’ sincere apology, compensation and existing relationship with customers on customers’ subsequent psychological behavior. An online self-administered survey was used to recruit participants who posted their experiences with a hotel on consumer-generated review sites.
Results of this study identified that when managers incorporated authenticity and compensation components, customers were more likely to show a higher level of trust, satisfaction and behavioral intentions.
Derived from the justice theory and the relationship investment theory, this study identified the main effects of three treatments and their interaction effects on customers’ subsequent behaviors.
Results of this study suggested that service recovery communication processes, in particular, authenticity and compensation, be an integral part of the service recovery strategies in the social media context.
This paper investigated the importance of hotel managers’ service recovery communication strategies in the social media context.
Jeong, M. and Lee, S.A. (2017), "Do customers care about types of hotel service recovery efforts? An example of consumer-generated review sites", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 5-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTT-09-2016-0049
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