Author : Joseph S. Chen, Willy Legrand, Philip Sloan & Josephine Zho
School/Work Place : International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef, Germany
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Year : 2004

Following a vigorous environmental protection movement trigging in Germany over thirty years ago, the German hotel industry is gradually moving in line with other sections of its society. This study attempts to present a snapshot of the assessment of German hoteliers' efforts on preventing environmental degradation. In particular, the practices of individual properties are then appraised in relation to the accreditation or certification scheme. Consequently, hotels are divided in two categories; accredited and non-accredited properties. It is argued that environmentally-certified properties, being the ones which might not only demonstrate a greater understanding of environmental impact but also have worked through the process of auditing and perhaps benchmarking, would be much more inclined to revise their daily operations to ensure environmentally sound practices. The non-accredited would consequently follow general environmental trends in the hospitality industry, often considered as end-of-pipe measures, (offering guests the choice or not to wash sheets and towels on a daily basis for example) without greater involvement in taking corrective action on other environmentally damaging operations. It is hoped that the research findings can provide further insights into issues and problems associated with current environmental practices within German hotels. Since the nature of the research is rather exploratory, the resultant data could only be considered as an overview on the environmental practices among German hotels.

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» Think Tank IV Evaluating Environmental Initiatives of German Hotels file 3387 Oct 13, 2013

Following a vigorous environmental protection movement trigging in Germany over thirty years ago, the German hotel industry is gradually moving in line with other sections of its society. This study attempts to present a snapshot of the asse...

Author: Joseph S. Chen, Willy Legrand, Philip Sloan & Josephine Zho 

Year: 2004 

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11 Think Tank IV Possibilities for Sustainable Tourism Management in Ac... file 4730 Oct 13, 2013

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10 Think Tank VIII Integrating Sustainability into Tourism Education and ... file 4960 Oct 13, 2013

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9 Think Tank X Sustainability: What Matters to Students, Educators, a... file 5647 Oct 13, 2013

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8 Think Tank IV Attitudes towards Environmental Responsibility among S... file 5821 Oct 13, 2013

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7 Think Tank VIII Responding to Climate Change in Australian Resort Hote... file 6552 Oct 13, 2013

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6 Think Tank IX The role of values in sustaining the hospitality labou... file 6634 Oct 13, 2013

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5 Think Tank XI CRS 2.0: Management Perspectives of Sustainable Hospit... file 8103 Oct 14, 2013

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4 Think Tank VIII Employment of the Disabled Workforce in the Hospitalit... file 9257 Oct 13, 2013

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3 Think Tank VII Barriers to Innovation in Hospitality Provision: Towar... file 9287 Oct 13, 2013

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