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Utilitarian motivations to engage with travel websites: an interactive technology adoption model

Mark Anthony Camilleri (Department of Corporate Communication, University of Malta, Msida, Malta; Business School, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK and Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Metin Kozak (Department of Advertising, School of Communication, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey)

Journal of Services Marketing

ISSN: 0887-6045

Article publication date: 15 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate perceptions about interactive travel websites. The researchers hypothesize that engaging content, the quality of information and source credibility have a significant effect on the consumers’ utilitarian motivations to continue using them in the future.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured survey questionnaire was used to gather data from 1,287 online users, who were members of two popular social media groups. The methodology relied on a partial least squares approach to analyze the causal relationships within an extended information adoption model (IAM).

Findings

The findings reveal that the research participants perceive the utility of interactive travel websites and are willing to continue using them, particularly the responsive ones. The research participants suggest that these sites are easy to use, capture their attention and offer them useful information on various tourism services. The results also indicate that they appreciate their source credibility (in terms of their trustworthiness and expertise of their curators) as well as their quality content.

Research limitations/implications

This study integrates key measures from the IAM with a perceived interactivity construct, to better understand the individuals’ acceptance and use of interactive websites.

Practical implications

This research implies that service businesses ought to have engaging websites that respond to consumer queries in a timely manner. Hence, they should offer a seamless experience to their visitors to encourage loyal behaviors and revisit intentions to their online domains.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, there are no other studies that incorporated an interactive engagement construct with key constructs from IAM and from the technology acceptance model (TAM). This contribution underlines the importance of measuring the individuals’ perceptions about the engagement capabilities of interactive media when investigating information and/or technology adoption.

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Acknowledgements

The researchers thank the editors as well as their reviewers for their constructive remarks and suggestions.

Funding information: This research was supported through the University of Malta Research Funds (AWRF2022).

Citation

Camilleri, M.A. and Kozak, M. (2022), "Utilitarian motivations to engage with travel websites: an interactive technology adoption model", Journal of Services Marketing, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSM-12-2021-0477

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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