Corporate social responsibility signaling, evaluation, identification, and revisit intention among cruise customers

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Abstract

Improvements in customer knowledge and interest in cruise tourism have facilitated the growth of the cruise industry. However, the cruise industry has limited research attention from tourism and hospitality scholars. Furthermore, in the cruise setting, although a large number of corporate social responsibility (CSR) messages are sent to customers, it seems reasonable to suspect that not all CSR activities are effective to achieve the sustainable growth of the company. Therefore, this study aims to expand the existing knowledge of cruise CSR by examining the impact of customers’ perceived value of socially responsible consumption behavior on brand-related outcomes. Data from 292 cruise customers in the United States are collected through online surveys. Findings support the evidence that CSR signaling influences customers’ positive evaluation and identification with a cruise brand, but no direct impact on their behavioral intention is observed. Also, the mediating role of evaluation and identification in the relationship between CSR signaling and revisit intention is examined. In this study, the signaling and social identity theories are supported by an empirical study to addresses the importance of customers’ socially responsible consumption trait in sustainable growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1634-1647
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Volume27
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019 Nov 2
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • cruise
  • evaluation
  • identification
  • revisit intention

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