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Sustainability 2016, 8(12), 1262; doi:10.3390/su8121262

Shedding Light on Eco-Innovation in Tourism: A Critical Analysis

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Business Organization Department, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid 28049, Spain
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Accountability Department, University of Barcelona, Barcelona 08007, Spain
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 9 September 2016 / Revised: 28 November 2016 / Accepted: 29 November 2016 / Published: 3 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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The recent global increase in the competitiveness of tourism has made the implementation of eco-innovations a differentiating element among both the destinations and companies in the sector, with quality management and contribution to sustainable development being increasingly valued. However, the eco-innovations that have been developed and implemented in tourist industries have rarely been studied. In this study, the eco-innovations that have been developed and implemented by 57 tourism businesses worldwide are analysed. The identified eco-innovations are classified by using different qualitative methodologies. The obtained results shed light on the limited development of eco-innovations in the tourism industry and the industry focuses mainly on product eco-innovations. Several examples by the tourist sub-industry and types of eco-innovation are analysed. Furthermore, this study provides practical information about measures that both businesses and governmental organisations can adopt to promote eco-innovation in the sector. View Full-Text
Keywords: eco-innovation; qualitative methodology; content analysis; innovation; ecology; Delphi analysis; ecotourism; hospitality eco-innovation; qualitative methodology; content analysis; innovation; ecology; Delphi analysis; ecotourism; hospitality
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Alonso-Almeida, M.-D.-M.; Rocafort, A.; Borrajo, F. Shedding Light on Eco-Innovation in Tourism: A Critical Analysis. Sustainability 2016, 8, 1262.

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