The analysis of customers’ e-complaints and service quality at spa services in Thailand

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  • Aswin Sangpikul Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Dhurakij Pundit University

Abstract

Many past studies have explored customers’ e-complaints in hospitality businesses such as hotels and restaurants. However, there has been a limited examination of these issues in wellness tourism, particularly in the spa business. This study aims to examine customers’       e-complaints at day spas in Thailand's major tourism cities and to analyze them in relation to service quality dimensions. Content analysis and descriptive statistics were employed to analyze the data collected from TripAdvisor. The findings indicate that major e-complaints are related to the poor skills of spa therapists, poor services, and non-recommendations for using spa services. Through the analysis of service quality dimensions, major e-complaints were found to be associated with reliability, assurance, and responsiveness. The study adds to the understanding of spa complaints and their constructs as well as providing new insights into their relationships with the service quality dimensions. Suggestions for spa businesses are provided in order to improve spa service quality.

Author Biography

Aswin Sangpikul, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Dhurakij Pundit University

Aswin Sangpikul is an associate professor of tourism and hotel studies, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand. Currently, he is a director of the graduate program in tourism management. His research interest includes tourism, hotel studies, and wellness tourism.

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2019-08-20

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Sangpikul, A. (2019) “The analysis of customers’ e-complaints and service quality at spa services in Thailand”, e-Review of Tourism Research, 16(6). Available at: https://journals.tdl.org/ertr/index.php/ertr/article/view/433 (Accessed: 16January2021).

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