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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 β€œan 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 VIII Environmental Education and Ecotourism: A Case Study o... file 5865 Oct 13, 2013

In this paper we take the standpoint that environmental education and ecotourism are highly related and depend on each other, and that ecotourism cannot be achieved without proper environmental education. Furthermore, in order to achieve qu...

Author: Mojca Arsenijevic & Marko Bohanec 

Year: 2008 

9 Think Tank VIII Education’s Impact on Cultural Distance Perception: Th... file 2648 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 

8 Think Tank VIII Integrating Sustainability into Tourism Education and ... file 4120 Oct 13, 2013

The focus of this paper is to provide an overview of the current sustainability content in Irish tourism programmes and the identification of key trends in this regard. It is based on extensive research of secondary and tertiary education s...

Author: Jane Stacey, Sheila Flanagan, Kevin Griffin & Anna Tottle 

Year: 2008 

7 Think Tank VII The New World of Travel 2.0: Application of Social Sof... file 6470 Oct 13, 2013

"Web 2.0" is a term used to refer to the emerging new wave of innovation on the Internet. Some see it as a second high-tech wave, marking the recovery from the technology and Internet "bust" at the end of the 1990s (O'Reilly 2005). Character...

Author: Alan A. Lew 

Year: 2007 

6 Think Tank VII Barriers to Innovation in Hospitality Provision: Towar... file 4319 Oct 13, 2013

Recent challenges within the hospitality industry highlight a critical need for research and innovation to inform management practice. Surprisingly, however, a comprehensive review of literature has found that innovation research within the...

Author: Conrad Lashley & Barry O'Mahony 

Year: 2007 

5 Think Tank VII Innovation in Tourism Education: Building the Capacity... file 1748 Oct 13, 2013

This paper will present the findings of a recent Summit on the Future of Tourism Education held in April 2007 in Austria. The summit's goal is to identify future societal, economic, environmental, political and technological trends from 201...

Author: Pauline Sheldon 

Year: 2007 

4 Think Tank VI Service Learning in Tourism Educational Programs – A S... file 3205 Oct 13, 2013

A problem in developing new tourism markets remains how to resource them from an existing employment base. Key questions arising are: Do current tourism enterprises have the existing skills to move into these new markets for sustainable tour...

Author: Susan Anita Briggs 

Year: 2006 

3 Think Tank VI Ecotourism and Environmental Education: Opportunities ... file 74009 Oct 13, 2013

Ecotourism, which typically involves nature-based tourism, plays an increasing role in today's environmental management. As environmental conservation has, in many cases, suffered from a limited budget, funding ecotourism is perceived as a w...

Author: Aphirom Promchanya 

Year: 2006 

2 Think Tank V Tourism Education for Cambodia: A Case Study of its Fi... file 5644 Oct 13, 2013

This paper details the development, delivery and outcomes of a Masters course in Tourism Development that was delivered by the Royal University of Phnom Penh, with the assistance and support of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and t...

Author: Ravi Ravinder 

Year: 2005 

1 Think Tank IV Integration of Theory and Practice in Hospitality Sust... file 8077 Oct 13, 2013

This brief paper describes a new educational model developed at Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL) to link theory and practice, or more specifically, coordinate learning opportunities between the classroom (Sustainable Tourism) and current pr...

Author: James Holleran 

Year: 2004 

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