Assessing the Impact of Textual Content Concreteness on Helpfulness in Online Travel Reviews

Seunghun Shin, Namho Chung, Zheng Xiang, Chulmo Koo

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The online travel review has become one of the most influential information sources for travelers’ decision making. This research primarily aims to examine the relationship between review textual content concreteness and review helpfulness in the tourism context. In particular, we examine how this relationship plays out under two individual circumstances, namely, temporal distance and risk–benefit tendency. Based on the construal level theory and feeling-as-information theory, two experiments are conducted to test whether the influence of review concreteness is moderated by temporal distance and risk–benefit tendency. The results show that the main effect of review concreteness is significant; however, in contrast to the assumptions of theories and results of relevant studies, both interaction effects of temporal distance and risk–benefit tendency are not. Finally, we interpret the findings and discuss the implications and limitations of this research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-593
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • construal level theory
  • feeling-as-information theory
  • online travel review
  • risk–benefit tendency
  • temporal distance
  • textual content concreteness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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