Examination of Website Language Strategies Adopted by Five-Star Hotels in China: A Corpus Approach

Jianwei Qian, Rob Law
2021 Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research  
Hotel websites are vital information channels for potential customers. Hence, their readability and attractiveness play a key role in online marketing for hotels. This study attempts to investigate how hotels use language strategies to better market themselves online. This study first proposes an analytical framework on the basis of appraisal theory, which aims to reveal the hidden mechanism by hotels in building interpersonal relationships, and uses such a framework to explore online language
more » ... trategies used by five-star hotels in China. The general language strategy and the corresponding preference in the use of such a strategy amongst hotels are identified. Theoretical contributions and managerial implications are generated on the basis of the findings and analysis. It is among the early studies to modify appraisal theory to analyze tourism and hospitality text data and to adopt the corpus approach to explore the hidden mechanism of language use.
doi:10.3390/jtaer16040060 fatcat:23r2vydcyjcc3bftjcqrblbv2q