Purpose - Online reviews have become increasingly important for customer decision-making. The hotel industry represents a noticeable case. For example consumer reviews posted on websites such as Bookings.com, TripAdvisor, and Venere.com play a critical role in consumers’ choice of a hotel. For this reason a number of recent studies analyses different aspects of online reviews. The purpose of this paper is to investigate their effects in terms of hotel occupancy rates. Design/methodology/approach - The paper measures through regression analysis the impact of three dimensions of consumer reviews (i.e. review score, review variance and review volume) on the occupancy rates of 346 hotels located in Rome, isolating a number of other factors that might also affect demand. Findings - Review score is the dimension with the highest impact. The results suggest that, after controlling for other variables, a one-point increase in the review score is associated to an increase in the occupancy rate by 7.5 percentage points. Regardless the review score, the number of reviews has a positive effect, but with decreasing returns, implying that the higher the number of reviews, the lower the beneficial effect in terms of occupancy rates is. Practical implications - The findings quantify the strong association of online reviews to occupancy rates suggesting the use of appropriate reputational management systems to increase hotel occupancy and therefore performance. Originality/Value - A major contribution of this paper is its comprehensiveness in analysing the relation between online consumer reviews and occupancy across a heterogeneous sample of hotels.

The influence of e-word-of-mouth on hotel occupancy rate

MINAZZI, ROBERTA;
2016-01-01

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Purpose - Online reviews have become increasingly important for customer decision-making. The hotel industry represents a noticeable case. For example consumer reviews posted on websites such as Bookings.com, TripAdvisor, and Venere.com play a critical role in consumers’ choice of a hotel. For this reason a number of recent studies analyses different aspects of online reviews. The purpose of this paper is to investigate their effects in terms of hotel occupancy rates. Design/methodology/approach - The paper measures through regression analysis the impact of three dimensions of consumer reviews (i.e. review score, review variance and review volume) on the occupancy rates of 346 hotels located in Rome, isolating a number of other factors that might also affect demand. Findings - Review score is the dimension with the highest impact. The results suggest that, after controlling for other variables, a one-point increase in the review score is associated to an increase in the occupancy rate by 7.5 percentage points. Regardless the review score, the number of reviews has a positive effect, but with decreasing returns, implying that the higher the number of reviews, the lower the beneficial effect in terms of occupancy rates is. Practical implications - The findings quantify the strong association of online reviews to occupancy rates suggesting the use of appropriate reputational management systems to increase hotel occupancy and therefore performance. Originality/Value - A major contribution of this paper is its comprehensiveness in analysing the relation between online consumer reviews and occupancy across a heterogeneous sample of hotels.
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2015-0238?af=R
eWOM, occupancy rate, pricing, hotel performance.
Viglia, G.; Minazzi, Roberta; Buhalis, D.
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