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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 Viewssort Date
254 Think Tank VIII Enhancing the Quality of Life through Cultural Events:... file 2514 Oct 13, 2013

The Wadden Sea Festival in Denmark is based on the idea of integrating the coastal environment in the presentation of contemporary art. Specifically, unique tidal differences are utilized to stage a range of performances. The Wadden Sea Fest...

Author: Janne J. Liburd & Anja Hergesell 

Year: 2008 

253 Think Tank XII Virtual Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism: Virtual Fi... file 2529 Nov 06, 2013

Due to the financial constraints on the part of the educational institution as well as the student, offsetting the GHG emissions generated by the fieldtrip is often not regarded as financially feasible, or subject to doubts about the integri...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2012 

252 Think Tank XII It's how you get there: Developing a Transportation Mo... file 2535 Nov 06, 2013

This paper examines the impacts of alternative modes of transportation utilized for an international study course in Ecuador during two consecutive summers. The analysis includes the perceived value of the student participants in relation to...

Author: Kenneth Cohen & John Bowen 

Year: 2012 

» Think Tank IX Achieving Sustainability in Business Events; Challengi... file 2561 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 

250 Think Tank XII The Way Forward: Event Management Education and the Fu... file 2568 Nov 06, 2013

The 2011 BESTEN Think Tank XI highlighted a number of issues and themes related to education and learning for sustainable tourism. The themes addressed issues such as learning tools for sustainability, sustainability courses and curricula an...

Author: Olga Junek, Leonie Lockstone-Binney & Martin Robertson 

Year: 2012 

249 Think Tank XVIII Visitor management in protected areas file 2573 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: tourism management, tourism planning, visitor management, protected areas, New Zealand

Author: Julia Nina Albrecht 

Year: 2018 

248 Think Tank XII Slow Travellers - Who Are They, and What Motivates Them? file 2578 Nov 06, 2013

Tourism’s contribution to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is estimated to be around 5% and is forecast to grow rapidly, to around 16% of global emissions by 2020. Future strategies for mitigation must address the levels of demand for t...

Author: Derek Robbins & Jaedong Cho 

Year: 2012 

OPA: 2012 Outstanding Paper Award Winner 

247 Think Tank XI Sustainable Tourism Labels: A Suitable Tool for Consum... file 2610 Oct 14, 2013

In an attempt to encourage businesses making an effort to reduce the negative impacts of tourism, and to maximise the positive outcomes of this activity an extensive number of sustainable tourism labels were developed worldwide. It has been...

Author: Sofia Reino 

Year: 2011 

246 Think Tank X Implementing Destination Governance file 2627 Oct 13, 2013

In the tourism management literature, several authors (Nordin, Beritelli et al, Pechlaner) have promoted the concept of destination governance, to define a coalition of disparate parties with common interests, as a productive approach to to...

Author: Loredana Padurean 

Year: 2010 

245 Think Tank IX De-constructing the Cosmopolitan Gaze file 2631 Oct 13, 2013

Introduction: Nurturing effective intercultural dialogue through tourism has been positioned to be an emergent challenge to tourism professionals working toward sustainability in a globalised world (Robinson and Picard 2006). This interdisci...

Author: Patricia Johnson 

Year: 2009 

244 Think Tank VIII Education’s Impact on Cultural Distance Perception: Th... file 2647 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 

243 Think Tank XIII Linking tourism with Sustainable Development in Post-R... file 2657 Nov 06, 2013

This paper examines relationships between tourism and sustainable development via a case study that took place in Egypt from September 2011 to March 2012. The study, hosted by the Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures travel and conducted t...

Author: Laura Carroll 

Year: 2013 

242 Think Tank IV Sustainable Tourism and Innovation in Mobile Tourism S... file 2658 Oct 13, 2013

This paper presents a joint public and private sector research project entitled Mobile Digital City and Nature Walks - the development of content and software for a mobile tourism device. Focusing on sustainable tourism, marketing and innova...

Author: Janne J. Liburd 

Year: 2004 

241 Think Tank VIII Assessing Whose Quality of Life: A Critical Examinatio... file 2658 Oct 13, 2013

Almost all the academic literature on tourism impacts has focussed on the consequences of tourism for the destination and its residents. Very little attention has been paid to the impacts of tourism on tourists. Virtually all cost-benefit an...

Author: Gianna Moscardo 

Year: 2008 

240 Think Tank IV Evaluating Environmental Initiatives of German Hotels file 2661 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 

239 Think Tank VII Thematic Analysis of Sustainable Tourism and the Tripl... file 2707 Oct 13, 2013

The relationship between the themes in sustainable tourism publications and the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) was explored in this article. A categorised list of 3719 sustainable tourism articles was thematically analysed to determine the conten...

Author: Michael Hughes & Jack Carlsen 

Year: 2007 

238 Think Tank XIII The Politics of Community-Based Tourism Planning in th... file 2721 Nov 06, 2013

The management of protected areas has to deal with a wide range of challenges, amongst these, a growing array of social, political and economic expectations. In this regard, protected areas are increasingly expected to particularly serve as ...

Author: Anna Hübner & Truong Si Hong Chau 

Year: 2013 

237 Think Tank IV After the Sydney Olympic Games: Sustainable Infrastruc... file 2730 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 

236 Think Tank IV Tourism focused NGO's - An Online Content Analysis file 2736 Oct 13, 2013

The number of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) increased from 31,246 to 37,281 (19.3%) between 1990 and 2000, (Human Development Report, 2002). The importance of NGOs is documented in United Nations Local Agenda 21 Chapter 27, 'Strength...

Author: Meng-Mei Chen & James Holleran 

Year: 2004 

235 Think Tank IV Environmental Attitudes of Tourism Activity Providers ... file 2749 Oct 13, 2013

This paper looks at the issue of environmental awareness and the related topic of 'ecolabels' in a New Zealand context, adopting a supplier's perspective to gain a greater insight into the attitudes of those managing and providing tourism pr...

Author: Christian Schott 

Year: 2004 

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