How do hotel star ratings affect the relationship between environmental CSR and green word-of-mouth?

Jialing Lin, Zhimin Zhou, Fucheng Zheng, Xinru Jiang, Ninh Nguyen

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Hotels have increasingly engaged in environmentally responsible initiatives to demonstrate their commitment to environmental concerns and sustainable hospitality and tourism. These initiatives are expected to become even more popular in the context that the COVID-19 crisis has driven people to further acknowledge the importance of the ecosystem. This study aims to examine how hotels' environmental corporate social responsibility (CSR) affects customers' green word-of-mouth (WOM). Structural equation modeling was employed to analyze data from an online survey of 749 Chinese respondents. The findings reveal that hotels' environmental CSR indirectly enhances customers' green WOM intention via green perceived value (i.e., cognitive route) and green hotel pride (i.e., emotional route). Furthermore, the indirect effects of hotels' environmental CSR on customers' green WOM are more substantial for hotels with higher star ratings. These findings offer valuable insights for hoteliers to develop genuine environmentally responsible initiatives that can generate positive customer responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2651-2663
Number of pages13
JournalCorporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
Issue number5
Early online date25 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China [grant number: 72002134, 71832015 and 71772126].

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© 2023 ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


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