Social media influence on the holiday decision making process in the UK (Generation Y)

Ghandour, R. and Bakalova, R. 2014. Social media influence on the holiday decision making process in the UK (Generation Y) . Journal of Organisational Studies and Innovation. 1 (2), pp. 41-54.

TitleSocial media influence on the holiday decision making process in the UK (Generation Y)
TypeJournal article
AuthorsGhandour, R. and Bakalova, R.
Abstract

This study investigated the influence of social media on Generation Y travellers throughout the holiday decision-making process. The researchers examined the use of social media websites before, during and after holiday, evaluated the level of trust in user-generated content and identified how Generation Y shared their holiday experiences on social media.
This study adopted the quantitative/deductive methodology using online questionnaire. The findings suggested that social media platforms were mostly used prior to the holiday as a source of gathering information such as destination, accommodation. However, findings showed although people used social media to search for information, it was less trusted compared to official state tourism websites and word-of-mouth. But the findings showed that social media was also considerably used during the holiday only as medium for posting photos and searching for local entertainment. On the other hand, the results showed that there is a trend of changes toward social media as a source of travel information which indicated respondents’ illingness to use social media for their travel in near future.

KeywordsSocial media, holiday decision making process, generation Y, word of mouth, electronic word of mouth, UK.
JournalJournal of Organisational Studies and Innovation
Journal citation1 (2), pp. 41-54
ISSN2056-9122
2056-9130
Year2014
PublisherManagement & Business Academy
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Web address (URL)http://www.mbacademy.org.uk/index.php/volume-1/vol-1-issue-2
Publication dates
Published2014

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