More information, stronger effectiveness? Different group package tour advertising components on web page

Kuo Ching Wang, Shu Hui Chou, Che Jen Su, Hsin Yi Tsai

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Empirical evidence concerning how group package tourists react to the different combinations of advertising components is scant, leaving unresolved issues in an important research arena. Therefore, the specific purpose of the present study is to identify the optimal numbers and combinations of advertising components on travel web pages and their contributions to advertising effectiveness. An experimental design was employed; sixteen experimental groups were surveyed. In total, 843 student informants participated in the study. The results found that informants will reflect different degrees of advertising effectiveness in response to different combinations of advertising components; and more components will induce a better attitude towards-the-ad and greater inclination to purchase. In addition, when the number of advertising components is increased, an inverted "U" curve of advertising effectiveness won't be observed, but the hypothesis of a partially curvilinear response can be accepted. Finally, some implications of these findings for travel managers and designers of travel-related web pages are discussed, along with some areas requiring further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-387
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Business Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Apr 1



  • Advertising components
  • Advertising effectiveness
  • Group package tour
  • Information overload

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing

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