Sustainability

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Sustainability implies the protection and conservation of resources for future generations, as opposed to current unconstrained depletion. Behavioral standards have been developed in an effort to assist tourism and hospitality operators in developing practical environmental impact monitoring measures, or to regulate their activities (Cooper & Erfurt, 2002). Within the hospitality industry such standards are usually self regulated by individual firms or groups (the major hotels have universally implemented worldwide ‘green’ operations policies since 2004) unless they are mandated by law, as, for example, in the fire protection and health areas of operation. Under lying mandated and voluntary measures is the realization that the natural environment is not static but is itself constantly undergoing change, and that there is a certain hesitation to take full responsibility for introducing sustainability practices. The industry still needs to develop flexible operational management regimes and enterprises that are responsive to change. As the market for environmentally sensitive facilities continues to expand on a worldwide basis it is vital that local businesses meet global expectations and standards associated with sound environmental and operational practice.

Reference

Cooper M.J. & Erfurt P.J. (2002). Ecotourism accreditation: a planning tool for Asia Pacific Countries? In K.S Chon, V.C.S. Cheung and K. Wong (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th biennial conference on tourism in Asia (pp. 115 125), Hong Kong, 23 25 May, University of Houston: Haworth Hospitality Press.

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