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Author : Paulina Bohdanowicz, Branko Simanic & Ivo Martinac
School/Work Place : Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Contact : paulinka@energy.kth.se
Year : 2004
OPA : 2004 Outstanding Paper Award Winner

Hotels are traditionally geared towards providing a high-level of comfort and entertainment, as well as a broad spectrum of services, often without giving much concern to associated environmental or socio-economic impacts. Hotel companies typically compete on a global market by offering more comfortable and spacious accommodation, diversified foods, more sophisticated services, entertainment etc., commonly leading to the overexploitation of energy and other resources. At the same time, the numbers of customers actively choosing products or companies that are environmentally responsible is constantly growing, especially in Northern and Western Europe. In response to such growing demand, hotel companies ought to change their attitudes and become more environmentally conscious.

The willingness and ability of hotel management to advocate and implement state-of-the-art environmentally responsible behaviour and practices is, however, crucial for the incorporation of more sustainable hotel practices. Hotel corporations/chains, representing 20-29 per cent of all hotels in Europe, and as much as 70 per cent in North America (Johnson & Iunius 1999; Olszewski 2003; WTTC et al. 2002), may play a very important role in changing the image and performance of the hotel sector. Currently, environmental responsibility is often regarded as a corporate issue, and various pro-ecological initiatives originating from central management are increasingly implemented at various corporate levels. 

The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the environmental pro-activeness and ground-breaking work that has been carried out within the Scandic Hotel chain (henceforth referred to as Scandic) over the past decade. This is an account of how environmental responsibility can become a top corporate priority and lead to significantly decreased environmental impacts, excellent economic performance and a considerably upgraded environmental image.


List of Articles
No. Subject Viewssort Date
274 Think Tank V Framing Tourist Risk in UK Press Accounts of Hurricane... file 4341 Oct 13, 2013

This paper examines the coverage of Hurricane Ivan in the Caribbean published in selected leading UK newspapers in September 2004. Quantitative textual analysis have been utilised in this study to determine the main sources of information on...

Author: Marcella Daye 

Year: 2005 

273 Think Tank XIV Bird-watching Routes as Collaborative Stakeholderships... file 4326 Jun 27, 2014

Although there are numerous birding trails with varying levels of success, prior to this study, little research existed as to how birding trails are designed, implemented and managed. Thus, the study posed and answered the following research...

Author: Krisztian Vas 

Year: 2014 

272 Think Tank XIII Sustainable Tourism in Kerala - Chances for Local Comm... file 4320 Nov 06, 2013

The Indian state Kerala is positioned by Kerala Tourism as a sustainable tourism destination for domestic and foreign markets (cf. Jean-Francois 2011). Indeed sustainable tourism projects take place and are conducted either by NGOs like Kaba...

Author: Tatjana Thimm 

Year: 2013 

271 OPA award A Framework for Work-Life Balance Practices in the Tou... file 4294 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 

270 Think Tank V Resident Segments Using SUS-TAS file 4291 Oct 13, 2013

Recognizing that tools developed solely to measure perceptions of positive/negative impacts of tourism within the traditional conceptual works are insufficient, recently Choi and Sirakaya (2005) developed and tested both an innovative framew...

Author: Ercan Sirakayae, Linda J. Ingram & Hwan Suk Chris Choi 

Year: 2005 

» Think Tank IV Environmental Training and Measures at Scandic Hotels,... file 4276 Dec 01, 2013

Hotels are traditionally geared towards providing a high-level of comfort and entertainment, as well as a broad spectrum of services, often without giving much concern to associated environmental or socio-economic impacts. Hotel companies ty...

Author: Paulina Bohdanowicz, Branko Simanic & Ivo Martinac 

Year: 2004 

OPA: 2004 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

268 Think Tank XII Opportunities and Obstacles for Sustainable Tourism Mo... file 4274 Nov 06, 2013

Cross border destination management is characterized by some extra challenges: national, district or county interests, different administrative structures, a high impact of politics and policies, inequality of tourism infrastructures, power ...

Author: Tatjana Thimm 

Year: 2012 

267 Think Tank VII Innovations in Volunteer Tourism: A Case Study of Fund... file 4259 Oct 13, 2013

The popularity of volunteer tourism as a form of alternative tourism has grown significantly over the past decade (McGehee, and Norman, 2002). Volunteer tourists can now be found throughout the world participating in a wide array of social, ...

Author: Kevin Lyons 

Year: 2007 

266 Think Tank X Drowning with Tourism? Stakeholder Perspectives from T... file 4220 Oct 14, 2013

Climate change and its impacts on nations, regions and populations as well as its anthropogenic causes have become one of the prevailing issues of global society and, hence, subject to ongoing debates among e.g. the natural, political and s...

Author: Anna Huebner 

Year: 2010 

265 Think Tank XIV Exploring the potential of Community Based Ecotourism ... file 4195 Jun 27, 2014

Development in developing countries often results in mass land-use change and subsequent increase in greenhouse gas emission by deforestation or forest degradation. For instance, approximately a-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions was a...

Author: Stephen Wearing, Paul Chatterton, Amy Reggers & Hanna Sakata 

Year: 2014 

264 Think Tank XIV Heritage Trails through Dolenjska and Bela krajina in ... file 4170 Jun 26, 2014

One of the beneficial methodologies for growing and developing a level of tourism which is sustainable and enhances the totality of local and regional environments is a multi-stakeholder approach to tourism development. In this paper, we pre...

Author: Marko Koscak 

Year: 2014 

263 Think Tank XIII Regional Collaboration as the Conduit for Sustainable ... file 4170 Nov 06, 2013

Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues. With the decline of family operated farms and the move away from traditional extraction industries, word about the benefits of developing tourism in rural communities and regions is...

Author: Paige P. Schneider, Cynthia S. Deale & Svitlana Iarmolenko 

Year: 2013 

262 Think Tank IX The role of values in sustaining the hospitality labou... file 4169 Oct 13, 2013

The role of human resources in sustaining hospitality enterprises has long been recognized (Hjalager und Andersen 2001; Baum 2007). Personnel are considered vital for the delivery of touristic experiences, thus being a central ingredient of ...

Author: Anja Hergesell, Ulrike Bauernfeind & Dagmar Lund-Durlacher 

Year: 2009 

261 Think Tank VIII Integrating Sustainability into Tourism Education and ... file 4162 Oct 13, 2013

The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of the current sustainability content in Irish tourism programmes and the identification of key trends in this regard. It is based on extensive research of secondary and tertiary education s...

Author: Jane Stacey, Sheila Flanagan, Kevin Griffin & Anna Tottle 

Year: 2008 

260 Think Tank VI Corporate Social Responsibility in the Museum Sector a... file 4154 Oct 13, 2013

Out of a growing concern about the erosion of social infrastructure has come an increase in pressure on business to take up more of the responsibility in meeting community needs (Centre for Corporate Public Affairs, 2000; Loza & Ogilvie...

Author: Deborah Edwards 

Year: 2006 

259 Think Tank VI Corporate Social Responsibility and Travel & Tourism B... file 4137 Oct 13, 2013

This paper discusses some economic, social, and environmental “hard issues” for the travel and tourism (T&T) industry with the aim of shedding some light on little discussed aspects of industry corporate social responsibility (CSR) with ...

Author: David Stipanuk 

Year: 2006 

258 Think Tank VII Envisioning Sustainable Tourism Futures: An Evaluation... file 4115 Oct 13, 2013

Methods for researching the future have grown both in variety and rigour, offering new opportunities for understanding sustainable tourism. This paper discusses the value of futures research as a tool for envisioning and planning sustainable...

Author: Pierre Benckendorff 

Year: 2007 

OPA: 2007 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

257 Think Tank XIV Current Global Initiatives to Address the Sustainabili... file 4038 Jul 07, 2014

A number of ongoing and new initiatives aim at the tourism sector with the intention of improving sustainability within the sector and through tourism in other economic and social activities. Dirk's presentation reflects on UNWTO’s position ...

Author: Dirk Glaesser 

Year: 2014 

256 Think Tank XII Controlling and Influencing Visitor Flow as a Basis fo... file 4024 Nov 06, 2013

Sustainable tourism at a destination is dependent on the maintenance and good management of its attractive assets. In non-urban areas, the assets will primarily be geological, natural and/or cultural, frequently of a sensitive nature, liable...

Author: David Ward-Perkins & Frédéric Dimanche 

Year: 2012 

255 Think Tank IX Sustainable Tourism Principles Reflected in Award-Winn... file 4015 Oct 13, 2013

There has been increased attention given to sustainable tourism monitoring and evaluation efforts, including corporate policies, guidelines and codes of conduct as well as certification programs (e.g., Dodds and Joppe 2005; Font and Harris ...

Author: Stuart Levy & Donald Hawkins 

Year: 2009 

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