Tourism as an agent of social and environmental improvement: the importance of understanding the business model

Whiley, Dona (2013). Tourism as an agent of social and environmental improvement: the importance of understanding the business model. In: Proceedings of the 1st Annual PSU Phuket International Conference 2012 Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development. The 1st annual PSU Phuket International Conference 2012, Phuket, Thailand, (). 10-12 January 2013.

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Author Whiley, Dona
Title of paper Tourism as an agent of social and environmental improvement: the importance of understanding the business model
Conference name The 1st annual PSU Phuket International Conference 2012
Conference location Phuket, Thailand
Conference dates 10-12 January 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 1st Annual PSU Phuket International Conference 2012 Multidisciplinary Studies on Sustainable Development
Place of Publication Phuket, Thailand
Publisher Prince of Songkla University
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Total pages 8
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Tourism contributes significantly to the global economy and as an industry has been considered as a vehicle for social and environmental improvement. Sustainable development and poverty alleviation have become global goals and international agencies have embraced tourism as a means to demonstrate positive social and environmental outcomes within business and industry. This paper introduces tourism as an agent of change and corporate social responsibility before reviewing a study that investigated organisational culture and the adoption of sustainable practice within tourism businesses. The study emphasises that while social and environmental practices are being adopted by tourism operations, these practices still require that the business perceives some element of benefit (not necessarily economic) to justify practice adoption. The paper then reflects on the implications of these findings for the development of community-based tourism as a means to reduce poverty and or minimise environmental exploitation. It is proposed that while tourism may be able to contribute to social and environmental improvement, it cannot do so effectively without an understanding of the business model where positive social and environmental outcomes are linked with good business practice. The paper will demonstrate this through a review of corporate social responsibility literature supported by the findings of the adoption study and followed by a reflection upon current perceptions of tourism as an agent for social and environmental improvement in relation to community-based tourism development.
Keyword Sustainable practice
Corporate social responsibility
Organisational culture
Community-based tourism
Ecotourism
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Theme: Multidisciplinary Studies On Sustainable Development. Session: Hospitality, Tourims and Generic Business, Paper 21.

 
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