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Author : Cynthia S. Deale & Nelson Barber
School/Work Place : East Carolina University, USA (Cynthia Deale),University of New Hampshire, USA (Nelson Barber)
Contact : ohalloranc@ecu.edu
Year : 2010

As climate change gains global attention from events like the summit in Copenhagen held during December of 2009, the need for sustainable tourism is more important than ever; with comprehensive education in sustainability concepts and practices essential, and methods for networking to share information critical. Specifically, sustainability focuses on the triple bottom line of equity, economics, and environment; or people, products, and the planet (Dhiman, 2008); or education, environment, and economics (personal communication with Carrie Blaskowski, Jackson County Green Energy Park, January 12, 2010). All of these relate to sustainable tourism, which can be defined as “an alternative form of tourism that improves or, at the minimum, maintains the quality of experiences for the visitors, life of host communities, and the environment [indefinitely] on which both the host community and the visitor depend.” (McIntyre, 1993, p. 11; Sirakaya-Turk, Ekinci, & Kaya, 2008, p. 414; Tosun, 1998, p. 596).

However, although sustainability is taking center stage globally, it is not receiving significant attention within the curriculum of universities in the United States, and in particular within hospitality management programs. In terms of pressing societal problems, the next generation is inheriting a set of ecological and cultural challenges within communities and across the globe that will shape the world of university students for generations to come, requiring continuous assessment of the responsiveness of the university community and the education provided (Aber, Kelly & Mallory, 2009). Thus, sustainability is fundamentally about education that continually presents questions of value and practice by asking what is best and why, for the long run.

The hospitality industry is a multi-billion dollar collection of businesses consisting of companies within the food services, accommodations, recreation, tourism, and entertainment sectors. The educational programs in this field include a variety of subjects from the management of foodservice and lodging operations to spas, resorts, tourism attractions, sports venues, conventions, and special events. While much has been written about sustainability education in general, very little has been published or taught regarding sustainability concepts and practices within courses in the hospitality curriculum (Deale, Nichols, & Jacques, 2009). Given the depth and breadth of this industry worldwide, the need for future leaders with core values toward sustainability is critical.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Datesort
6 Think Tank IV Cultural Tourism as a Means for Sustainability in a Ma... file 2774 Oct 13, 2013

Tourism has become for many islands a means of social, economic and cultural development through the creation of jobs, raising standards of living and through the development of local resources for culture and heritage. Thus, many of these d...

Author: Chryso Panayidou 

Year: 2004 

5 Think Tank IV Impediments to Sustainable Service Quality in Luxury H... file 14923 Oct 13, 2013

In order for tourism to be sustainable in the long term, there must be continued viability of tourism related entities (Tesone 2004), that is business operations must be sustainable. Hotels are major tourism entities and play an important ro...

Author: Rayka Presbury 

Year: 2004 

4 Think Tank IV After the Sydney Olympic Games: Sustainable Infrastruc... file 2496 Oct 13, 2013

Olympic Games epitomize the definition of a mega event, due to the size and scope that these events have in terms of participation, worldwide viewing and infrastructure development. However with the commercialization of these events over the...

Author: Sacha Reid 

Year: 2004 

3 Think Tank IV Sustainability and Mass Destinations: Challenges and P... file 3366 Oct 13, 2013

In year 2001, the Government of the Balearic Islands decided to establish a tourism tax, named "ecotax", as an important measure to achieve a more sustainable tourism model for the islands. This paper analyses the background of the ecotax, t...

Author: Antoni Serra Cantallops 

Year: 2004 

2 Think Tank IV Sustainability in a Mature Mass-Tourism Destination: T... file 3172 Oct 13, 2013

Most destinations are struggling to achieve sustainability for their economies, their environments, their cultures and their tourism industries. This laudatory, idealistic and complex process involves many sectors of the industry, the commun...

Author: Pauline Sheldon, John Knox & Kem Lowry 

Year: 2004 

1 Think Tank IV The Benefits of Visitor and Non-Visitor Research in th... file 2322 Oct 13, 2013

Our premise in this paper is that if sustainable tourism development and management is to meet the needs of both the present and the future then it is equally important to prioritise research on those who visit tourism destinations (and incl...

Author: Pat Sterry & Debra Leighton 

Year: 2004 

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