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Brand experience and brand attachment as drivers of WOMin hospitality

Mayo 2020, Vol. 24 nº 2

Mónica Gómez Suárez and Mónica Veloso

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a model to measure the impact of brand experience in the hotel industry, on word-of-mouth (WOM) recommendations while accounting for the possible mediating role of people’s emotional attachment with the brand.

Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected through an online survey of 416 hotel customers. The proposed model was tested with structural equations modelling (SEM).

Findings – The results suggest that brand experience in the hotel sector is a consequence of four dimensions: location, ambience, staff and Web, in that order of influence. In addition, the study confirms the mediating role of emotional attachment in the relationship between experience and WOM recommendations. However, the experience itself has a greater direct impact than the attachment.

Practical implications – By knowing the dimensions that comprise the hotel brand experience, managers can design more impactful experiences that strong links with guests, thereby increasing WOMrecommendations.

Originality/value – This paper enriches the existing literature on brand experience in the hospitality sector and provides evidence of the mediating role of emotional bonding. Previous research has proven that linking is a consequence of experience, but not yet examined its mediating role.

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