The effects of customer-centric marketing and revenue management on travelers' choices

Publisher:
Sage Publications
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal of Travel Research, 2013, 52 (4), pp. 479 - 493
Issue Date:
2013-01
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This article examines how the simultaneous use of customer-centric marketing (CCM) and revenue management (RM) affects travelers perceptions of fairness and ultimately their purchasing choices. To address this issue, we propose and empirically test a choice model that incorporates reference-dependent fairness adjustments for both price and nonprice attributes within a random utility framework. The findings from two empirical studies using stated-preference choice experiments show that travelers engage in fairness-related reference point comparisons for price and other product attributes induced by RM and CCM. They offer additional evidence concerning the need to account comprehensively for attributes associated with both RM and CCM when predicting customer demand in travel and tourism firms. Accordingly, firms need to account not only for the effects of RM and CCM attributes but also for the corresponding reference-dependent fairness adjustments relating to those attributes.
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