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Amateur versus professional online reviews: Impact on tourists' intention to visit a destination

Cheng T. P. Vincent   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0001-8861-3642 ; aculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Macau University of Science and Technology, Taipa, Macau SAR, China

Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (244 KB) str. 35-51 preuzimanja: 322* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Vincent, C.T.P. (2018). Amateur versus professional online reviews: Impact on tourists' intention to visit a destination. Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, 66 (1), 35-51. Preuzeto s https://hrcak.srce.hr/197381
MLA 8th Edition
Vincent, Cheng T. P.. "Amateur versus professional online reviews: Impact on tourists' intention to visit a destination." Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 66, br. 1, 2018, str. 35-51. https://hrcak.srce.hr/197381. Citirano 02.03.2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Vincent, Cheng T. P.. "Amateur versus professional online reviews: Impact on tourists' intention to visit a destination." Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal 66, br. 1 (2018): 35-51. https://hrcak.srce.hr/197381
Harvard
Vincent, C.T.P. (2018). 'Amateur versus professional online reviews: Impact on tourists' intention to visit a destination', Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, 66(1), str. 35-51. Preuzeto s: https://hrcak.srce.hr/197381 (Datum pristupa: 02.03.2021.)
Vancouver
Vincent CTP. Amateur versus professional online reviews: Impact on tourists' intention to visit a destination. Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal [Internet]. 2018 [pristupljeno 02.03.2021.];66(1):35-51. Dostupno na: https://hrcak.srce.hr/197381
IEEE
C.T.P. Vincent, "Amateur versus professional online reviews: Impact on tourists' intention to visit a destination", Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal, vol.66, br. 1, str. 35-51, 2018. [Online]. Dostupno na: https://hrcak.srce.hr/197381. [Citirano: 02.03.2021.]

Sažetak
Online reviews are now a major source of information for tourists to reduce the perceived risks when selecting intangible brand services. Online reviews generated by different types of writers and distributed via different platforms have become an indispensable source of information for tourists. This study examines the relative effect of online reviews written by amateurs and professionals on tourists' intention of visiting a new destination. A composite behavior model incorporating both attitude and affect constructs is used to compare the influence of the two types of online reviews on tourists' behavioral intentions. Trust and curiosity are proposed as mediating variables for explaining the different intentions of visiting a tourist destination after reading the different types of reviews. Respondents were asked to read genuine online reviews about Macau written by either amateur or professional reviewers and then complete a questionnaire. A path analysis using structural equation modeling was performed. Empirical results suggest that the influences of reviews by professionals are stronger than those by amateurs on tourists' behavioral intention of visiting a destination. Furthermore, trust and curiosity in a destination are important mediating variables affecting tourists' behavioral intention. These conclusions provide useful theoretical support for the suggestion given to destination management organizations regarding the utilization of professional reviews to improve tourists' intention of visiting the attractions at the sites.

Ključne riječi
: online review; trust; curiosity; tourists' behavior; visit intention; Macau, China

Hrčak ID: 197381

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/197381

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