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Author : Judith Mair & Leo Jago
School/Work Place : Victoria University, Australia
Contact : judith.mair@vu.edu.au, leo.jago@vu.edu.au
Year : 2009

Achieving sustainability is a challenge for all of society, but one that may prove especially problematic for the business events sector. Tourism in general and the business events industry in particular may be even more susceptible than other sectors to changing public opinion regarding travel, particularly air travel and long haul flights. Long haul destinations, because of their physical location, are likely to be more susceptible than other destinations. As some business travel is discretionary in nature, it is likely that corporations will cut back on this travel in seeking to reduce the environmental footprints of their organisations.

In recognition of these potential impediments to business tourism, a number of stakeholders in the business events sector have taken steps to improve their sustainability performance and profile. High visibility projects such as the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is the first convention centre in the world to be awarded a six star green star rating (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2008), along with a number of less conspicuous developments have been at the forefront of the business events sector’s response to climate change (Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2008). Conclusive research, however, on whether consumers are interested in or willing to pay extra for such ‘green’ products appears to be lacking (Bergin-Seers & Mair, 2008). Given that consumers do not appear to be driving the business events sector’s push for sustainability, it is interesting to reflect upon who is driving the push for suppliers to increase their investment in sustainable facilities and practices.

Recent research has suggested that the values of influential owners, managers and members of staff may be of particular importance in determining the extent to which business events suppliers are willing to become more sustainable (Mair & Jago, 2009). In addition, a number of other studies have identified values, or the presence of someone for whom the environment is an important personal issue, as being an important driver of greening (inter alia Bansal & Roth, 2000; Kusyk & Lozano, 2007; Marshall, Cordano, & Silverman, 2005). Other drivers of sustainability in industry have been identified (including gaining a competitive advantage, complying with regulations, and stakeholder pressure), but for the most part, the literature in this area concerns itself with producing lists of potential drivers, and in some cases, testing the validity of these drivers in a specific industrial

context. Relatively little research has examined the dimensions of these individual drivers. This paper documents an exploratory study which aims to examine the personal values of suppliers in the business events sector and determine the extent to which personal values can and do play a role in achieving sustainability.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Date
» Think Tank IX Achieving Sustainability in Business Events; Challengi... file 2596 Oct 13, 2013

Achieving sustainability is a challenge for all of society, but one that may prove especially problematic for the business events sector. Tourism in general and the business events industry in particular may be even more susceptible than oth...

Author: Judith Mair & Leo Jago 

Year: 2009 

113 Think Tank IX Cross-Cultural Interaction, Capacity Building and Sust... file 6426 Oct 13, 2013

This paper reports on findings which are part of a broader research conducted under the Learning and Teaching Fellowship Award 2007/08, aimed at the assessment of innovative blended learning techniques and applied learning in alternative st...

Author: Marina Novelli 

Year: 2009 

112 Think Tank IX Community based sustainable tourism: Quality of life a... file 7445 Oct 13, 2013

This paper explores the concept of quality of life (QOL) as perceived by residents in tourism destinations and examines differences in perceptions of QOL among culturally different destinations. The perceived QOL of local community is an imp...

Author: Yvette Reisinger & Kwang-Soo Park 

Year: 2009 

111 Think Tank IX Ethical Confusion and Confusion of Ethics: Unpacking t... file 1908 Oct 13, 2013

For many decades authors (see Sontag, 1976, Baederholt, 2006, Chalfern, 1979, Crang, 1997) have recognised the fundamental role of photography within tourism. Many such as Urry (1999, 2002), Crouch (2000, 2002) and Crouch & Lubbren (200...

Author: Caroline Scarles 

Year: 2009 

110 Think Tank IX The Role of Values in Sustainable Tourism Education file 3478 Oct 13, 2013

This presentation discusses the role of values in the context of sustainable tourism education. However, it does not seek to engage in the debate about the definition of Sustainable Tourism nor the differences between this concept and Sustai...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2009 

109 Think Tank IX Tourism Relationship Model and Intermediary for Sustai... file 3217 Oct 13, 2013

This paper proposes a simple model that depicts the relationship between community and extra-community stakeholders that will enable the effective development of sustainable tourism. “Sustainable tourism” in this paper is defined as tourism ...

Author: Asami Shikida, Mami Yoda, Akiko Kino & Masayuki Morishige 

Year: 2009 

108 Think Tank IX Courchevel, an outstanding alpine ski resort at a turn... file 4341 Oct 13, 2013

“Courchevel is first and foremost one among the founding elements of the huge touristic complex of les Trois Vallées in France. Linked to the neighbouring Allues and Belleville valleys by a 3,000 acres network area of regularly packed and ma...

Author: Daniel Tixier 

Year: 2009 

107 OPA award Cultural values in sustainable tourism: Conflicts betw... file 8527 Oct 13, 2013

This paper evaluates cultural conflicts between indigenous groups, recreation users and management agencies over the appropriate amenity use of protected areas in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. It assesses both social values conflicts ...

Author: Heather Zeppel 

Year: 2009 

OPA: 2009 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

106 Think Tank VIII Responding to Climate Change in Australian Resort Hote... file 5263 Oct 13, 2013

Extensive infrastructure and client expectations of luxury will mean that their carbon footprint and water usage is likely to exceed significantly that of average urban households. Often located in coastal or riverine settings, they are vuln...

Author: Charles Arcodia & Chantal Dickson 

Year: 2008 

105 Think Tank VIII Environmental Education and Ecotourism: A Case Study o... file 5863 Oct 13, 2013

In this paper we take the standpoint that environmental education and ecotourism are highly related and depend on each other, and that ecotourism cannot be achieved without proper environmental education. Furthermore, in order to achieve qu...

Author: Mojca Arsenijevic & Marko Bohanec 

Year: 2008 

104 Think Tank VIII Employment of the Disabled Workforce in the Hospitalit... file 8474 Oct 13, 2013

Employment is one of the important requirements for the integration of disabled people to daily life. The tourism industry is one of Turkey’s important industries with a great potential for growth. However this growth must be a planned and ...

Author: Sabah Balta & Murat Bengisu 

Year: 2008 

103 Think Tank VIII Emerging Green Tourists: Their Behaviours and Attitudes file 4540 Oct 13, 2013

The concerns are varied and are not necessarily important to all tourists and the influence they have on sustaining the industry is unknown. For years the tourism industry has used a number of mechanisms in an attempt to green operators. The...

Author: Sue Bergin-Seers & Judith Mair 

Year: 2008 

102 Think Tank VIII Education’s Impact on Cultural Distance Perception: Th... file 2648 Oct 13, 2013

As an international tourism destination, Turkey serves mostly European tourist markets due to her closeness to European markets. Turkey and Europe has a long shared history of relationships. However, Turkey and Turkish people have a rather b...

Author: Yasin Boylu, Asli D. A. Tasci & William C. Gartner 

Year: 2008 

101 Think Tank VIII Sustaining through Gastronomy: The Case of Slow Food M... file 7168 Oct 13, 2013

This paper is conducted within the interpretive paradigm, using subjectivist, non-positivist, qualitative approach to research started out of writer’s personal motivation after being exposed to a couple of Slow Food conviviums in the recent ...

Author: Miha Bratec 

Year: 2008 

100 Think Tank VIII Lifestyle Oriented Small Tourism [LOST] Firms in the F... file 4630 Oct 13, 2013

Lifestyle has been oft cited in the literature as the main motivation for those establishing or acquiring tourism related businesses in attractive destinations. However, the term has many different dimensions and connotations, both positive...

Author: Jack Carlsen & Alison Morrison 

Year: 2008 

99 OPA award A Framework for Work-Life Balance Practices in the Tou... file 4267 Oct 13, 2013

This paper addresses the key issues surrounding the debate over work-life balance. It provides an overview of current thinking in the general work environment, with specific focus on the issue within the tourism industry. This paper present...

Author: Margaret Deery & Leo Jago 

Year: 2008 

OPA: 2008 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

98 Think Tank VIII Destination Competitiveness and Policy Making for Pove... file 6093 Oct 13, 2013

This paper has five aims. First, to discuss the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) and the method of its construction. If the TTCI is to have policy significance it is essential that its components be identified and analysed as ...

Author: Larry Dwyer 

Year: 2008 

97 Think Tank VIII Linking Tourist Satisfaction to Happiness and Quality ... file 3870 Oct 13, 2013

Dominant tourist satisfaction measures, typically tied to service quality, have recently received much criticism by senior tourism academics (Ryan, 1995; Kozak, 2001; Pearce, 2005). These prominent tourism scholars commonly refer to very sim...

Author: Sebastian Filep 

Year: 2008 

96 Think Tank VIII Moving from Destination Marketing to Destination Manag... file 8317 Oct 13, 2013

This paper provides a case study of how a tourism organisation has interpreted the change from a ‘marketing’ to a ‘management’ approach in destination development. It begins by looking at what the literature has said about destination manag...

Author: David Foster 

Year: 2008 

95 Think Tank VIII Tourism-led Amenity Migration and the Transformation o... file 2916 Oct 13, 2013

Global economic and political change has stimulated an explosion in tourism-led migration flows resulting in unprecedented transformation in the form and condition of impacted communities (Woods, 2006). This increase in human migration to ar...

Author: Alison M. Gill 

Year: 2008 

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