Consumers’ untrust and behavioral intentions in the backdrop of hotel booking attributes

Naeem Akhtar, Umar Iqbal Siddiqi, Tahir Islam, Justin Paul

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Purpose: The study aims to investigate how hotel booking attributes (i.e. perceived privacy, perceived certification and perceived assurance) engender consumers’ untrust and consequent behavioral intentions (i.e. altruistic behavior and trusting intentions). It also unveils the role of hotel attributes performance as a moderator between hotel booking attributes and consumers’ untrust. 

Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected through an online platform by engaging 454 Chinese respondents. SPSS 25.0 and AMOS 24.0 (structural equation modeling) were used for data analysis and interpretation. 

Findings: Results demonstrate that hotel booking attributes positively substantiate consumers’ untrust which, in turn, develops altruistic behavior and negative trusting intentions. Moreover, hotel attribute experience significantly moderates the relationships between perceived privacy, perceived certification and consumers’ untrust. Notably, hotel attribute performance insignificantly influences the association between perceived assurance and untrust. 

Research limitations/implications: This study used the Chinese context and examined Chinese domestic travelers and the nonbranded hotel industry. Notwithstanding its limitations, the findings help hospitality and tourism firms, en bloc, to manage their review websites by explicitly disclosing policies regarding customers’ privacy and assurance, winning their trust through third-party certification and employing data scientists to develop algorithms to sieve fake information proactively. 

Originality/value: This study develops an original conceptual framework by using the untrust model in this research. Our findings add to the research on consumer behavior, information processing, service management and trust and suggest practical implications for hospitality firms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2026-2047
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
Issue number5
Early online date17 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Altruistic behavior
  • Booking
  • Hospitality
  • Hotel
  • Perceived assurance
  • Perceived certification
  • Perceived privacy
  • Trusting intentions
  • untrust


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