A conceptual framework of relationship commitment: E-travel agencies

Khaldoon “Khal” Nusair, Nan Hua

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Purpose – The paper aims to develop a theory-based model of relationship commitment in an online travel domain. The model seeks to explain in detail the antecedents and outcomes of commitment. Design/methodology/approach – An extensive review of relationship marketing and commitment literature helps to develop a model of commitment. Findings – A model is developed based on existing literature. Quality of alternatives, investment size, satisfaction and trust are antecedents of both calculative and affective commitment. Two dimensions of commitment have different impact on word-of-mouth communications. Practical implications – Given the intense competition among online travel agents, the proposed model can be used by e-vendors to develop and maintain long-term relationships with customers. Originality/value – Commitment has been studied as a unidimensional construct in existing marketing relationship literature. Few research studies relating to this topic have been conducted in online travel context. This paper incorporates two dimensions of commitment in a business-to-customer travel setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-120
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 30 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Customer loyalty
  • Internet
  • Relationship marketing
  • Travel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Computer Science Applications


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