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Business Sustainability: How Does Tourism Compare?

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane 4000, Australia
USC Business School, Faculty of Arts, Business and Law, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs 4556, Australia
UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Coolangatta 4225, Australia
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Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 968;
Received: 4 December 2017 / Revised: 16 March 2018 / Accepted: 21 March 2018 / Published: 26 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Tourism)
This study aims to empirically compare the adoption of business sustainability amongst 291 randomly-selected tourism and non-tourism businesses in New South Wales, Australia. Tourism businesses were found to be more committed to environmentally-sustainable practices than other types of businesses with there being a clear correlation with their ability to learn and adapt. This contradicts criticisms in the literature that tourism businesses are slow adopters of sustainability. This study highlights the need for further research into why tourism businesses in New South Wales, Australia, are reporting higher levels of performance in terms of adopting environmental values than other businesses in contradiction to the general perception of tourism businesses in the literature. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; tourism businesses; indicators; learning; adaptability sustainability; tourism businesses; indicators; learning; adaptability
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Moyle, C.-L.; Moyle, B.; Ruhanen, L.; Bec, A.; Weiler, B. Business Sustainability: How Does Tourism Compare? Sustainability 2018, 10, 968.

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