The influence of online reviews to online hotel booking intentions

Xinyuan (Roy) Zhao, Liang Wang, Xiao Guo, Chun Hung Roberts Law

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Purpose – This study aims to investigate the impacts of online review and source features upon travelers’ online hotel booking intentions. Design/methodology/approach – This study developed a research model and empirically examined the model by collecting data from business travelers in the Mainland China. Factor analysis was adopted to identify features of online reviews content and source attribute. Regression analysis was used to examine impacts of these attributes upon travelers’ online booking intention. Findings – Six features of online reviews content and one source attribute were identified, namely, usefulness, reviewer expertise, timeliness, volume, valence (negative and positive) and comprehensiveness. Regression analysis results testified positive causal relationships between usefulness, reviewer expertise, timeliness, volume and comprehensiveness and respondents’ online booking intentions. A significantly negative relation between negative online reviews and online booking intentions was identified, whereas impacts from positive online reviews upon booking intentions were not statistically significant. Research limitations/implications – The major limitation of this study is that interrelationships among features of online reviews, which were discussed in other similar studies, were not considered. Still, this study benefited researchers from scrutinizing features of online reviews, rather than several of them. As such, it offered more comprehensive suggestions for practitioners in how to better utilize online reviews as a marketing tool. Practical implications – Hospitality practitioners could enhance consumer review management by applying the six underlying factors of online review in the present study to find out the ways of increasing consumers’ booking intentions in the specific hotel contexts. Originality/value – A major theoretical contribution of this paper is its comprehensiveness in examining features of review content as well as its source simultaneously. This studyalso offered areas worthy of more research efforts from perspectives of practitioners and researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1343-1364
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • E-WOM
  • Hotel
  • Online booking intentions
  • Online review
  • Online social media
  • Word of mouth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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