Author : Isabel Lissner & Marius Mayer
School/Work Place : Foundation for Environmental Education, Denmark
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Year : 2016

Sustainability sells. Like in many other sectors, in tourism the demand for products and services from environmentally and socially sound tourism providers is increasing steadily (Center for Responsible Travel 2015). There are several ways how sustainable practices can be incorporated in the management of tour operators, tourism businesses and destinations. Eco-labels are considered to be one of them (Esparon, Gyuri & Stoeckl, 2014). Reliable eco-labels and other certification schemes encourage tourism professionals to assess the performance of their businesses or destinations on the base of pre-set sustainability standards and to make improvements where necessary. For tourists, certifications in the form of visual labels are helpful indicators to find tourism providers that place high emphasis on responsible practices (Aloisi de Larderel, 2000). One of the oldest and most successful tourism certification schemes is the Blue Flag programme (Font & Mihalič 2002). The Blue Flag is an international, voluntary eco-label for beaches, marinas and since 2016 also for sustainable boating tourism operators, which has been implemented in 49 countries worldwide. The new certification for boat-based tourism activities is the first of its kind, focusing on a branch in tourism which has a high impact on marine and freshwater environments (Warnken & Brynes 2004).

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94 Think Tank XV Enhancing stakeholders’ participation for sustainable ... file 1705 Jul 27, 2015

Tourism is a fragile industry with multiple stakeholders. Globally, the desire of its stakeholders is to gain more benefits and eliminate negative impacts on resources that support the industry, particularly in protected areas (PAs) such as ...

Author: Richie Wandwi 

Year: 2015 

93 Think Tank XVII A meta-analysis of the tourism and economic growth nexus file 1673 Aug 17, 2017

The existing literature is fraught with empirical studies delineating the impact of the tourism sector on economic growth. However, the results are at best inconclusive. In this regard, the aim of the present study is to investigate the unde...

Author: Boopendra Seetanah & Robin Nunkoo & Raja Vinesh Sannassee & Paul Georges Warren Moraghen & Zameelah Rifkha Khan Jaffur 

Year: 2017 

92 Think Tank XV Perceptions of local communities participation in rura... file 1657 Jul 27, 2015

In order to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs, rural communities should be able to participate actively in all aspects of tourism, including planning and management. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the local communit...

Author: Limpho Lekaota & Jarkko Saarined 

Year: 2015 

91 Think Tank XVI Towards Sustainable Tourism: Whatfactors most influenc... file 1583 Jul 02, 2016

Tourism is a major activity for some Mediterranean economies. While the growth of tourism over the last few decades has had many positive effects, it has also harmed the environment when this growth has not been planned in a sustainable way...

Author: Arayeh Afsordegan, Mar Vila, NúriaAgell, Mónica Sánchez 

Year: 2016 

90 Think Tank XVII Transit Tours for Airport Passengers – Issues and Chal... file 1554 Aug 17, 2017

Since the advent of liberalisation of the aviation industry in the late 1970s, many countries have adopted the liberal policy in air transport and entered bilateral air service agreements, often referred to as “open skies agreements” (OSAs),...

Author: Priscilla Chau Min Poon 

Year: 2017 

89 Think Tank XVII Providing sustainable innovations in the hospitality i... file 1534 Aug 17, 2017

Sustainability and eco-friendliness is gaining considerable attention within the hotel industry (Chen, Sloan & Legrand, 2009; Kim & Han, 2010). There has been a growing awareness of the environmental and social influence of hotel ope...

Author: Julia Zimmermann & Matthias Straub 

Year: 2017 

88 Think Tank X How Is Sustainability ‘Materialised’ in Tourism? Conte... file 1488 Oct 13, 2013

Meaning is one of the most elusive and ubiquitous properties of tourism spaces. This paper analyses the ambiguity of meaning in the materiality of tourism sustainability. Sustainable development and its three interrelated principles of holi...

Author: Neil M. Walsh 

Year: 2010 

87 Think Tank XVI Crowdsourcing – New Ways of an efficient Corporate Soc... file 1487 Jul 02, 2016

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Sustainability (CS) play a more and more crucial role in the development of hotel business. A study of the French hotel company Accor shows, that sustainability is a determining factor of ...

Author: Matthias Straub 

Year: 2016 

86 Think Tank XVI Navigating Evolving Global Trends in Financial Crime: ... file 1483 Jul 02, 2016

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Author: Verity Anne Greenwood 

Year: 2016 

85 Think Tank XVIII What to communicate about sustainability actions of Fi... file 1478 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: sustainability, responsibility, marketing, communication, Finland, villa holiday

Author: Katja Pasanen 

Year: 2018 

84 Think Tank XVIII Indigenous destination development: Nudging key player... file 1475 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: Key players, sustainable tourism impact, tourism planning

Author: Astrid Frischknecht, Celiane Camargo-Borges & Celeste Wilderom 

Year: 2018 

83 Think Tank XV The social enterprise as a vehicle to poverty alleviat... file 1456 Jul 27, 2015

Over the last decades, social enterprises have increasingly gained importance in the travel and tourism industry and they are revolutionizing the way business is done. Instead of maximizing profits for external shareholders, a social enterpr...

Author: Sebastian Ferrari & Dagmar Lund-Durlacher 

Year: 2015 

82 Think Tank V Response Strategies to Climate Change Impacts file 1454 Oct 13, 2013

This study addresses the threat of climate change impacts on the sustainability of the economic benefits for, and environmental assets of, tourism destinations. It discusses the challenges for both the demand and supply side of tourism to fo...

Author: Nancy Scanlon 

Year: 2005 

81 Think Tank XVII Collaborative knowledge production development and act... file 1451 Aug 17, 2017

Increasingly, literature has depicted food tourism as a powerful contributor to the ‘triple bottom line’ of economic, social, and environmental sustainability in rural communities (e.g. Sidali et al., 2015; Sims, 2009; Everret & Aitchson...

Author: Yukari Higuchi & Yasuhiro Yamanaka 

Year: 2017 

80 Think Tank XVI Third sector organisations and stakeholders in tourism... file 1391 Jul 02, 2016

This paper identifies and explains roles, functions and structures in visitor management of protected areas in nature-based tourism in New Zealand. Establishing the benefits and disadvantages arising from the implementation of any particula...

Author: Julia N. Albrecht 

Year: 2016 

79 OPA award Can Direct Communication at the Point of Consumption R... file 1386 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: food waste, food signage, sustainability, experiment

Author: Hannes Antonschmidt & Dagmar Lund-Durlacher 

Year: 2018 

78 Think Tank XVIII Defining Small Accommodation Establishments: employing... file 1350 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: small accommodation, sustainable tourism, business models

Author: Niki Glen & Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2018 

77 Think Tank XVI The Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility: An ove... file 1295 Jul 02, 2016

In the tourism industry, whilst some companies have taken active steps towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), others are yet to adopt a responsible approaching to business. According to Betz (2010), CSR is a relatively new concept i...

Author: Susanne Reimann & Sandro Carnicelli 

Year: 2016 

76 Think Tank XV Environmental Practices and Hotels’ Performance: an em... file 1278 Jul 27, 2015

Firms are nowadays facing growing pressure from governments and environmental institutions to reduce their ecological footprint. While a growing number of empirical studies have examined the impact of green management policies on firms’ fina...

Author: Christelle Cortese & Mondher Sahli 

Year: 2015 

75 Think Tank XVIII Persuasive communication: an experiment on hotel guest... file 1263 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: personal values, smart water-saving technology, community-based social marketing, science communication, pro-environmental behaviour, field experiment.

Author: Pablo Pereira-Doel, Xavier Font & Candice Howarth 

Year: 2018