Social media and empowerment in hospitality and tourism decision-making: A study among UK Muslim women

Imran Maqbool Khan, Sunil Sahadev, Tahir Rashid, Snehasish Banerjee

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Research that explores Muslim women’s hospitality and tourism decision-making is limited. This paper attempts to bring a new perspective to the literature on social media and consumption decisions in the hospitality and tourism sector by focusing on Muslim women as a consumer segment. Based on a survey of 791 Muslim women in the UK, it finds that autonomous self-expression, self-disclosure, and reciprocity to self-disclosure on Facebook were positively related to bonding and bridging social capital, which in turn related positively to their empowerment in hospitality and tourism decision-making. Employment status moderated some of these relations. The paper breaks new ground by bringing together two disparate research strands in the tourism literature: one that focuses on women but ignores religion, and the other that studies Islamic tourism but overlooks the role of women. The findings offer insights into hospitality and tourism marketing strategies aimed at Muslim women.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103125
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Early online date9 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022

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  • Empowerment
  • Facebook
  • gender
  • Islamic tourism
  • Muslim women
  • social media

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