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Online Airfare Reservation Services: A Study of Asian-Based and North American-Based Travel Web Sites

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This article reports on a study about examining airfare reservation services in travel Web sites. The research proposes an e-travel business framework, and then uses a content-based analysis to evaluate 30 North American-based travel Web sites and 30 Asian-based travel Web sites to determine their level of service provisions in the context of the proposed framework. The attributes selected for evaluations fall into five major dimensions: i) Information Quality, ii) System Use, iii) System Quality, iv) Service Quality, and v) Customer Loyalty. Experimental results show that the Asian-based and the North American-based travel Web sites have achieved different outcomes. The North American-based Web sites outperform their Asian counterparts significantly in many selected variables.

Keywords: Airfare reservati; Content-based Web site analysis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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  • Information Technology & Tourism is the first scientific journal dealing with the exciting relationship between information technology and tourism. Information and communication systems embedded in a global net have profound influence on the tourism and travel industry. Reservation systems, distributed multimedia systems, highly mobile working places, electronic markets, and the dominant position of tourism applications in the Internet are noticeable results of this development. And the tourism industry poses several challenges to the IT field and its methodologies.

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