Special Issue "Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Management"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Interests: sustainability; ethics; hospitality; tourism; indigeneity; management; critical management; aesthetics; politics
Despite increasing public and private awareness of the necessity of prioritising sustainable business practices (Scott, 2015; UNESCO, 2018), alongside a significant increase in related scholarship (Coles, Fenclova & Dinan, 2013; Farrington et al., 2017), sustainable hospitality and tourism remains a “neglected [area] of enquiry[…] still in its infancy” (Melissen, 2013, pp. 819-821). Achieving sustainable business outcomes thus continues to pose significant problems and gaps for hospitality practitioners and scholars, who note the “teasing paradox” of pursuing both private profit and public good in hospitality and tourism (Jones, Hillier & Comfort, 2016, p. 36). Current research into the outcomes of sustainable industry policies and practices tends to measure relationships between the perceived social responsibilities of the business and financial performance (Farrington et al., 2017), thereby neglecting the realities and external social and environmental impacts of sustainable operations.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to deepen understanding of the theory and practice of sustainable hospitality and tourism, both in providing foundational and philosophical reflections on the principles and conceptualisation of sustainability in hospitality and tourism, and offering clear examples of the often messy reality of doing the right thing in business.
This Special Issue seeks papers that address the links between hospitality and tourism industry policies and practices and sustainable outcomes and goals. High-quality research papers are welcomed on various aspects of hospitality in clear relation to sustainability.
Suggested topics (which should be clearly situated in hospitality and tourism contexts) include, but are not limited to:
- Business impacts upon the natural environment
- Business impacts and indigenous populations
- Consumer benefit from and response to sustainable practices
- Corporate social entrepreneurship
- Disaster: planning, management, and response
- Green hospitality and tourism practices (e.g., energy efficiency, waste management, environmental stewardship)
- Holistic approaches to sustainability
- Human rights and business practices (e.g., land rights, accountability, climate change, refugee crises)
- Independent/external assurance standards for sustainability reporting: practices and outcomes
- Innovation, technology, and sustainability
- Social enterprise in theory and practice
- Societal wellbeing and social value
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Sustainable employment practices and outcomes (e.g., working conditions, inclusivity, wellbeing, balance)
- Sustainable marketing and branding
- Sustainability reporting: policies, practices, and outcomes
- Sustainable supply chain management
- The philosophy and/or ethics of sustainability, business policy, and practices
Coles, T., Fenclova, E. and Dinan, C. (2013), “Tourism and corporate social responsibility: a critical review and research agenda, Tourism Management Perspectives, 6, pp. 122-141.
Farrington, T., Curran, R., Gori, K., O’Gorman, K.D. and Queenan, C.J., 2017. Corporate social responsibility: reviewed, rated, revised. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 29(1), pp.30-47.
Jones, P., Hillier, D. and Comfort, D., 2016. Sustainability in the hospitality industry: Some personal reflections on corporate challenges and research agendas. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 28(1), pp.36-67.
Melissen, F., 2013. Sustainable hospitality: a meaningful notion?. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 21(6), pp.810-824.
Scott, W., 2015. Public Understanding of Sustainable Development: Some Implications for Education. International Journal of Environmental And Science Education, 10(2), pp.235-246.
UNESCO., 2018. UNESCO and Sustainable Development Goals. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from https://en.unesco.org/sdgs
Dr. Tom Farrington
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- sustainable development
- environmental impact
- social impact
- human rights
- sustainability reporting
- indigenous communities