It’s a pleasure to stay sustainably: Leveraging hedonic appeals in tourism and hospitality

Melanie Trabandt, Wassili Lasarov, Giampaolo Viglia

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Abstract

The tourism sector is actively exploring methods to reduce its adverse environmental impact. Our study introduces hedonic appeals as a novel approach to encourage guests to reduce their room cleaning requests. We contend that combining this approach with sustainable appeals is at least as effective as the previously identified most effective strategy, namely providing guests with financial incentives. The effectiveness of hedonic appeals is channeled through guest value creation. Our empirical evidence – involving a field experiment at a European hotel and a lab experiment – supports the proposed effects and explanation mechanisms. We also demonstrate that our new strategy is the most profitable by introducing a profitability index that considers room cleaning requests, monetary investments, and side effects. We therefore recommend hotels to adopt this cost-effective strategy to reduce room cleaning requests without affecting overall guest satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104907
Number of pages15
JournalTourism Management
Volume103
Early online date17 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 17 Feb 2024

Keywords

  • Sustainable tourism
  • Field experiment
  • Room cleaning practices
  • Hedonic appeals
  • Financial incentives
  • Sustainable appeals
  • Guest value
  • Guest behavior

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