Tourism & Hospitality - sustainability and responsibility (2015)

Ľudmila Novacká, Gordana Ivankovič et al.

This book "Tourism & Hospitality – sustainability and responsibility" tries to reflect the diversity and variability of sustainability and responsibility in tourism and hospitality industry.

All chapters written by the international team of authors present recent outputs of their long term scientific work and research with regards to sustainability and responsibility in the area of tourism. Both dimensions request specific interdisciplinary interconnection related to legal system, economy, human capital and business administration in the tourist destination. This principle was applied in all the chapters which should help to transform the frequent conventional theme to a modern issue.

The chapter 1: "Innovations for sustainable tourism development" presents the state of academic research on the relation between innovation and sustainability in tourism. Its’ purpose is to analyse various research perspectives based on a systematic review of literature.

The chapter 2: "Regional Sustainable Tourism – A System Dynamics perspective" describes a generic system dynamics metamodel of regional tourism and demonstrates both the ability of system dynamics methodology use for dealing with such complex issues and also allows to develop own system dynamics simulation models that could help to analyze different policies, their sustainability and logical outcomes for different stakeholders in a region.

The chapter 3: "Regional strategic documents of sustainable tourism development: Comparison of the regions of South Bohemia and Upper Austria" documents the importance of process of strategic planning in the area of sustainable tourism development.

The chapter 4: "The effect of social capital on the performance of corporate associations for tourism sustainability in Slovenia" examines social capital and its’ relationship with the performance of corporate associations in tourism in Slovenia. Given the inconsistent definition of social capital as well as the specificity of the association, authors consider all possible assumptions and dilemmas that arise in the definition and measurement of social capital. The research shows that social capital has a crucial impact on the performance of tourism associations in order to benefit sustainable development.

The chapter 5: "Means of transport as a factor in maintaining mobility in terms of sustainable tourism" presents the importance of issues of personal transport solutions in sustainable regional development, including efforts to ensure the mobility of the population in the region.

The chapter 6: "Effects of externalities on the hotel business" is focused on the effects of externalities within the sustainable development. The theory review and the issues published in the introduction are the starting scope and basement for the application in two case studies. The first case study presents the economic impacts of copyright fees established by legal rules on the hotel economy. The second one refers the influence of the Ramadan days to demand in restaurant and its’ economic impacts.

The chapter 7: "Sense of the city: Competitiveness of place identity as perceived by tourism stakeholders" argues that place identity of the cities is a critical concept, not only for providing optimal city tourism experiences, but also in understanding the stakeholders’ proper role and reaction to city tourism policy. A case study of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is used to examine how the imperative of place identity is interpreted in the city tourism policy discourse.

In the chapter 8: "Child sex tourism – trend or a permanent fact of global tourism?" the authors proclaim that analysis of the phenomenon of child sex tourism has highlighted some fundamental conditions for preventing it becoming a social phenomenon. These include the strict implementation of laws against child labour and the political will to enforce them.

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