Environmental awareness and initiatives in the Polish and Swedish hotel industries: survey results
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Hospitality Management, ISSN 0278-4319, Vol. 25, no 4, 662-682 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Despite its importance, environmental stewardship is not always the top priority in the hotel industry in Europe. This study investigates the influence of the geo-political, economic and socio-cultural context of a country on the environmental attitudes and pro-ecological initiatives incorporated in this sector. To illustrate the differences, hotels in Sweden and Poland were targeted and a total of 349 hoteliers participated in an e-mail-based survey. The study reveals that hotel operators generally recognize the need for environmental protection and are involved in a number of activities. The economic situation and pro-environmental efforts initiated by the government were found to have an impact on certain aspects of hoteliers’ attitudes and actions. The survey has further indicated the two major directions that need to be followed when introducing environmental sustainability into the hotel industry. The first involves incorporating responsible technical and behavioural practices in the sector. The second highlights the necessity of initiating greater demand for “green” practices from the customers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 25, no 4, 662-682 p.
Hotels; Environmental awareness; Environmental initiatives; Survey; Poland; Sweden
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6219DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2005.06.006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33749354156OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6219DiVA: diva2:10866
QC 201008182006-10-062006-10-062010-08-18Bibliographically approved