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dc.contributor.authorMartín Fuentes, Eva
dc.contributor.authorMateu Piñol, Carles
dc.contributor.authorFernàndez Camon, César
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-21T08:47:27Z
dc.date.available2018-12-21T08:47:27Z
dc.date.issued2018-03-14
dc.identifier.issn1083-5423
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10459.1/65390
dc.description.abstractElectronic word of mouth (eWOM) is of recent and considerable importance in tourism, particularly because of the intangible nature of this industry. Users' online reviews are a source of information for other consumers, who take them into account before making a reservation at a lodging property. The aim of this study is to establish whether or not the anonymity of the reviews on TripAdvisor alters hotel rankings by comparing them with verified users' reviews on Booking.com. Moreover, the study analyzes whether or not the differences in the rating scales of both websites favor some hotels over others. Big data is used in this study, with more than 40,000 hotels on Booking.com and 70,000 on TripAdvisor in 447 cities around the world, and compares the rankings of about 20,000 hotels matched on both websites. Our findings suggest that the behavior of both rankings is similar and the lack of veracity on TripAdvisor due to the anonymity in the user's verification system is baseless. In addition, some differences are found depending on the hotel category and region, due mainly to the unique rating scale on Booking.com (from 2.5 to 10), as compared to the rating scale on TripAdvisor (from 1 to 5).
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of the Economy and Competitiveness: research project TIN2015-71799-C2-2-P and ENE2015-64117-C5-1-R. This research article has received a grant for its linguistic revision from the Language Institute of the University of Lleida (2016 call).
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherCognizant Communication Corporation
dc.relationMINECO/PN2013-2016/TIN2015-71799-C2-2-P
dc.relationMINECO/PN2013-2016/ENE2015-64117-C5-1-R
dc.relation.isformatofReproducció del document publicat a https://doi.org/10.3727/108354218X15143857349459
dc.relation.ispartofTourism Analysis, 2018, vol. 23, núm. 1, p. 1-15
dc.rights(c) Cognizant Communication Corporation, 2018
dc.subjecteWOM
dc.subjectTripAdvisor
dc.subjectBooking.com
dc.subjectRanking
dc.subjectBig Data
dc.titleDoes verifying users influence rankings? Analyzing TripAdvisor and Booking.com
dc.typeinfo:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated2018-12-21T08:47:27Z
dc.identifier.idgrec025524
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dc.rights.accessRightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3727/108354218X15143857349459


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