A systematic literature review on eWOM in the hotel industry: Current trends and suggestions for future research

Iselin Bore, Chris Rutherford, Steven Glasgow, Babak T. Aheri, Jiju Antony

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    Abstract

    This study is a systematic review of the literature on eWOM in hotels. Previous reviews of eWOM specific to the hotel and hospitality context have documented the state of research in the field but can be considered outdated, with the literature almost doubling since 2011. Emergent themes in the literature therefore need to be considered for us to identify gaps in knowledge and provide researchers opportunities for future study. Using systematic searches of articles published between 2000 and 2015, 45 journal articles were selected for the review, beginning in 2008. Our findings indicate eight research themes: (1) motivations for contributing to eWOM, (2) motivations for reading eWOM, (3) platforms used to facilitate eWOM, (4) 'big data' analytics and eWOM, (5) impact of eWOM on consumer behaviour, (6) impact on hotel performance, (7) hotel responses to eWOM, and (8) consumer cultural differences. We culminate these findings to provide a thematic framework of eWOM research in the hotel and hospitality industry, mapping the research relationships that have been established. We then provide areas for future researchers to develop.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)63-85
    Number of pages23
    JournalHospitality and Society
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • ABS list
    • EWOM
    • Hospitality
    • Hotels
    • Systematic review
    • Thematic framework

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