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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
10 Think Tank XI An introduction of the Global Sustainable Tourism Coun... file 2818 Oct 14, 2013

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and Criteria, in an effort to encourage the Criteria as part of a framework for sustainable tourism education. The history of the GSTC and Criteria will...

Author: Kelly Bricker 

Year: 2011 

9 Think Tank XI Environmental Attitudes of Generation Y Students: Foun... file 4853 Oct 14, 2013

Sustainability has long been a theme in the tourism research and planning literature and is a growing concern in the wider area of business and corporate management. Consequent to these trends in practice and research there has been a growt...

Author: Pierre Benckendorff, Gianna Moscardo & Laurie Murphy 

Year: 2011 

8 Think Tank XII The Way Forward: Event Management Education and the Fu... file 2729 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 

7 Think Tank XII Mobile Learning for Sustainable Tourism Development: T... file 3313 Nov 06, 2013

This paper examines how mobility in higher tourism education may contribute to a dynamic leaning environment capable of integrating transnational and intercultural learning for sustainable tourism development. Central to this is the opening ...

Author: Janne J. Liburd 

Year: 2012 

6 Think Tank XII Virtual Mobilities and Sustainable Tourism: Virtual Fi... file 2582 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 

5 Think Tank XII Are We Moving Towards Education for Sustainability? A ... file 6180 Nov 06, 2013

It is nearing the end of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) (United Nations, 2011), an awareness raising campaign which “seeks to mobilize the educational resources of the world to help create a mo...

Author: Erica Wilson, Tania von der Heidt, Geoffrey Lamberton & Dayle Morrison 

Year: 2012 

4 Think Tank XI Broad Street Regeneration Initiative: Practical Sustai... file 15501 Dec 19, 2013

Professors of tourism management teach principles of sustainable tourism to students in the classroom. Practitioners teach by implementing sustainable tourism principles in community. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council (Tourism Council) i...

Author: Robert Billington, Natalie Carter, Caitlin Amos & Myles Ellison 

Year: 2011 

3 Think Tank XIV A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Sustainable Tourism... file 3741 Jun 26, 2014

In this study, I take up the task to work towards a theoretical and methodological framework that allows using sustainability as a threshold concept for critically evaluating the assumptions embedded in both tourism management theory and pra...

Author: José-Carlos García-Rosell 

Year: 2014 

2 Think Tank XIV Values in Tourism Higher Education: the Case of Europe... file 5576 Jun 26, 2014

The primary rationale for embedding values-based learning in tourism higher education is to engage students’ learning-to-learn and learning-to-be, rather than simply learning about a topic, such as tourism management or sustainability (Libur...

Author: Tanja Mihalič, Janne J. Liburd & Jaume Guia 

Year: 2014 

1 Think Tank XIV Tourism Development as Greek Tragedy: Implications for... file 20377 Jun 26, 2014

Although tourism has been used as a development strategy in many parts of the world for several decades, there is little evidence that it is an effective tool for improving the wellbeing of destination communities. It is not uncommon to find...

Author: Gianna Moscardo, Anna Blackman & Laurie Murphy 

Year: 2014 

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