Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

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Galina Berjozkina, Yioula Melanthiou
Published: 20 September 2021
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-07-2021-0101

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Purpose Education can provide learners with the necessary awareness, values and skills to understand the complexity of sustainability. This study aims to analyse the extent to which sustainability concepts have been implemented in higher education programmes in the tourism and hospitality fields. Design/methodology/approach For the purpose of the current study, data on all tourism and hospitality programmes offered in Cyprus higher education institutions (HEIs) at the Bachelor level was obtained. Analysis was conducted on publicly available programme descriptions, learning outcomes, program content and syllabi and course descriptions. Findings The study finds that sustainability concept implementation in undergraduate hospitality and tourism degree programmes is at a developing stage. The majority of the HEI follow trends and offer sustainability courses either as compulsory or elective courses, but concept implementation in programme learning outcomes and programme descriptions is relatively limited. Originality/value This paper presents a review of data and evidence on sustainability concept implementation in tourism and hospitality education in Cyprus.
, Galina Berjozkina
Published: 15 September 2021
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-07-2021-0103

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Purpose This paper provides an overview and explains the context of this theme issue. The paper outlines the theme issue approach and profiles the articles written in response to the strategic question that aims to explore the challenges and opportunities for sustainable tourism development in Cyprus. Design/methodology/approach The paper outlines the theme issue approach to exploring challenges and opportunities for sustainable tourism development in Cyprus. The strategic question is tackled in a series of articles that contain literature reviews, reviews of data and evidence, interactions with practitioners and practical solutions. Findings The findings of the theme issue focus on sustainability challenges and opportunities in Cyprus and provide insights into the history, current state of development and progress made in implementing sustainable development in its tourism and hospitality industry. Originality/value This theme issue outlines the challenges that the tourism industry faces in a small island state that is highly dependent on income generated by conventional tourism activity. In turbulent times where all stakeholders actively demand more sustainable, balanced tourism activity, the articles in this theme issue provide insights on stakeholder involvement, support availability, residents' perceptions of tourism activity, opportunities to develop innovative, technologically advanced solutions, themed tourism activities in remote regions and destinations and the implementation of sustainability concepts in tourism and hospitality education.
Sotiroula Liasidou, Christiana Stylianou, Galina Berjozkina,
Published: 15 September 2021
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-07-2021-0099

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Purpose This paper aims to provide an understanding of residents' perceptions of how tourism activity in a rural area impacts their environment as well as their economic and social lives individually and as a community. Design/methodology/approach As a primary method of data collection, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 residents in the rural areas of Cyprus. Findings The study's findings suggest that tourism activity in the rural areas provides a plethora of opportunities to residents, but comes with challenges and threats. Both social and environmental impacts are mainly for the benefit of the local communities as the engine of development. Emphasis is given to the revival of the local culture with the emergence of small and medium enterprises, along with the motivation of younger populations and women to become active entrepreneurs. However, a more holistic approach should be taken to sustainable tourism development in Cyprus, ensuring that all local communities have an opportunity to develop small-scale niche tourism products that enhance the image of rural destinations and which become a source of pride for the residents. Originality/value The study contributes to the literature by enhancing knowledge of the relationship between tourism and local rural communities. Shedding light on residents' perceptions by evaluating social and environmental impacts can guide government policy making and implementation.
Iordanis Katemliadis, Georgios Markatos
Published: 14 September 2021
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-07-2021-0095

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Purpose Tourism planning and development has revolved around sustainability concepts and issues, and this paper aims to provide an analysis of stakeholder involvement in sustainability planning and implementation in Cyprus. Design/methodology/approach The article provides a comprehensive perspective on stakeholder involvement in sustainability planning and implementation based on a systematic literature review. Findings Study findings indicate that the active involvement of stakeholders is a prerequisite in order to address the complex issues of sustainable tourism development. Originality/value The authors examined the role of stakeholders at individual, local and international levels, and how they can make a difference in transitioning to a more sustainable future for tourism in Cyprus.
Published: 10 September 2021
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-07-2021-0098

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Purpose This article aims to adopt a thematic approach to a review of the literature relating to sustainability and its challenges in destinations that highly depend on tourism. Design/methodology/approach The paper provides a review of scientific and theoretical research studies on the concept and principles of sustainable tourism, the effects of tourism on society and sustainable tourism strategy. Findings The basic principles of sustainable tourism development apply to all destinations, including Cyprus. The development of tourism is associated with the observance of the principles of sustainable tourism development, which takes the form of balanced environmental and economic development and involves the observance of public interest. Originality/value The paper offers a broad-ranging review-based perspective on sustainable tourism and the principles and development thereof.
, , , Galina Berjozkina, Stathis Kolongou
Published: 9 September 2021
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-07-2021-0097

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Purpose The paper aims to identify the success factors that guide the sustainable development of rural tourism destinations in Cyprus. Design/methodology/approach For the purpose of this study, two rural villages in the Larnaca and Limassol districts of Cyprus were selected as a sample. Interviews, field visits, interactions with practitioners, the local community and leaders in these villages then followed. Thematic analysis was applied to identify the factors guiding the sustainable development of these villages. Findings Nine success factors were identified: finding the theme and engaging with it, allowing locals to guide the development, training and education, economic benefits, developing new products and services, community involvement, the role of younger people, strong leadership and island-wide efforts to rebrand Cyprus as a destination. These factors seem to be critical to the success of sustainable rural destinations and to rebranding Cyprus as a destination that offers authentic experiences. Originality/value The nine success factors identified by studying two villages in Cyprus can guide other rural destinations in finding their path to sustainable development through themes and authentic experiences.
Iordanis Katemliadis, Efstathios Stathis Kolongou, Philipos Drousiotis
Published: 7 September 2021
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-07-2021-0096

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Purpose This paper aims to examine the rising sustainability standards on the island of Cyprus and more specifically the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative and how this organization helped to make the case for sustainable development. Design/methodology/approach The study adopted a qualitative approach using interviews to collect data from primary research. Findings Although Cyprus is a well-developed tourism destination, its sustainability standards have lagged behind. Tour operators initially encouraged the hospitality industry to commit to sustainability standards and the majority of the industry has done so. Yet there is still a gap between theory and practice and the industry needs to step up its efforts. Research limitations/implications The study was time limited and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic posed difficulties in terms of accessing interviewees and conducing the interviews. Practical implications The study reveals the current state of sustainability standards in Cyprus and the effort needed to address the future challenges. Social implications Sustainability is not a catch word but a way to offset the negative implications of human activity. Tourism and hospitality is an important economic activity and needs to play its role in protecting and improving environmental and social standards. Originality/value This is the first study to focus on sustainability standards in the hospitality industry in relation to the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI).
Richard Teare
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Volume 13, pp 553-557; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-08-2021-134

Richard Teare, Hale Özgit, Ali Öztüren
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Volume 13, pp 465-467; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-08-2021-133

Kamakshi Mehta, Shikha Sharma
Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes; https://doi.org/10.1108/whatt-05-2021-0073

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Purpose Given the pace of global environmental degradation, companies and individuals alike are exploring ways and means of protecting the environment. In this context, the attitudes of hoteliers and their employees toward sustainability are key to the successful implementation of these practices. This paper aims to consider the impact of attitude development and COVID-19 on the sustainability performance of hotels. The study also explores contributions made by hotels to environmental sustainability and society more generally. Design/methodology/approach The study is based on interviews and survey questionnaires completed by employees of five-star hotels in India, and qualitative methods were used to process the data. Findings The findings of this study confirm the devastating impact of COVID-19 on both economic and societal sustainability in what otherwise would be a profitable sector of the economy. Practical implications The study has implications for hoteliers, the government, environmental agencies and for employees and could assist with the formulation of recovery packages by government and in the development of new standard operating procedures to enable hotels to step-up on the self-recovery path. Originality/value The paper provides an analysis of the direct effects of the pandemic on financial sustainability and its mediating impact on the efforts of hotels to attain sustainable environment.
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