Sources of distrust: Airbnb guests' perspectives

Erose Sthapit*, Peter Björk

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The present study explores sources of distrust in the Airbnb context. The study focuses on Airbnb customers' negative reviews posted in English on Trustpilot's website. The search for posts was employed with the keyword ‘trust’ to find online narratives from customers who had negative experiences of trust with Airbnb. Of the 2733 online reviews screened, the study concentrated on 216 negative reviews. The data analysis followed the grounded theory approach, which resulted in two themes that reflect the sources of distrust: Airbnb's poor customer service and the hosts' unpleasant behaviour. The managerial implications are that Airbnb should invest additional resources into minimising customers' negative experiences by focusing on trust-based relationships and maintaining quality in its core service elements. When customers report their complaints, their concerns should be addressed with prompt apologies, positive actions, and a willingness to compensate these customers to neutralise their distrust in the company.

Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftTourism Management Perspectives
Sidor (från-till)245-253
Antal sidor9
StatusPublicerad - 03.07.2019
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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