Online Complaining Behavior in Mainland China Hotels: The Perception of Chinese and Non-Chinese Customers
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Authors: Buhalis, D. and Law, R.
Journal: International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration
Examining hotel customer feedback is vital for effective service recovery and improvement. The main objective of this study is to analyze online complaints about hotels in Mainland China and to examine the relationship between culture and other factors that affect the intention to complain online. Content analysis was performed for 822 complaints about hotels in major Chinese cities drawn from TripAdvisor and Ctrip. Complaints made by Chinese and non-Chinese customers were compared and 11 major complaint categories were identified. A two-way contingency table analysis demonstrated that traveler age, hotel price, and travel partner significantly influenced the online complaints made. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.