It is now widely agreed that the climate is changing, global resources are diminishing and biodiversity is suffering. Developing countries – many of them considered by the World Tourism Organization to be 'Top Emerging Tourism Destinations' (UNWTO, 2009) – are already suffering the full frontal effect of environmental degradation. The challenge for developing countries is a triple-edged sword, how can economic prosperity be achieved without the perpetual depletion of nature's reserves, the destruction of rural habitat and the dislocation of traditional societies? Many emerging nations are looking increasingly to the tourism industry as the motor for economic development, with hospitality businesses at the forefront.
Sustainable Hospitality as a Driver for Equitable Development uses twenty-five case studies to demonstrate how it is possible to create income and stimulate regional socio-economic development by using sustainable hospitality and tourism attractions. These case studies focus on issues such as the protection of indigenous cultures as a source of touristic curiosity; the preservation of the environment and the protection of endangered species – such as the plight of turtles in Sri Lanka or butterflies in Costa Rica to encourage tourism. Some cases cover government supported projects, for example, the green parks venture and regional tourism development in the Philippines, an archaeological park initiative in Honduras and the diversity of nature tourism in St. Vincent.
Sustainable Hospitality as a Driver for Equitable Development is designed to give students, academics and practitioners a guide for best practices of sustainable hospitality operations in developing countries. Based on case studies, it provides a road map of how to achieve the goals of sustainability giving benchmark examples. Sustainable Hospitality as a Driver for Equitable Development not only taps into a contemporary business subject, but aims to provide readers with a better understanding of how sustainable theories can be put into practice in hospitality and tourism industries in developing countries.
2. The Case of Inkaterra: Pioneering Ecotourism in Peru
3. Integrated Circuits as a Tool for the Development of Sustainable Tourism in the Amazon
4. Bringing Sustainability to the Brazilian Hotel Industry
5. Preferences Regarding Restoration and Development at Copan Archeological Park
6. Mamiraua: Community Based Ecotourism in a Sustainable Development Reserve in the Amazon Basin
7. Ecuador: Huaorani Ecolodge
8. Tourism in the Peruvian Amazon: Experiences of a Private-Communal Partnership
9. Key issues and challenges to the development of Community-based Ecotourism in Guatemala
10. Tourism cluster among livestock: the Case of Bonito (MS), Brazil
11. Diversified Nature Tourism on St. Vincent
12. Can Ecotourism Support Coral Reef Conservation? Experiences of Chumbe Island Coral Park Ltd in Zanzibar / Tanzania
13. Blossoms & Butterflies, Waterfalls and Dragonflies: Integrating Insects in the Hospitality and Tourism Industries through Swarm Supposition
14. Sustainable Tourism Development in the Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya: Stakeholder Perspectives
15. Ecotourism in Vulnerable Regions: Opportunities and Obstacles to Development - The Case of Cantanhez, Guine-Bissau
16. Minimission-Tourism in Ethiopia: A New Subspecies of Sustainable Volunteer Tourism?
17. Botswana: The Selinda Reserve
18. Sustainable Development of a Remote Tourist Destination: The Case of Soomaa National Park, Estonia
19. Challenges in Rural Ethnic Tourism Development: A Case Study from Yunnan, China
20. Hotel Management Education in Bhutan: Teaching Sustainable Principles
21. Investigating Potential Benefits of Proposed Eco-retrofits to an Existing Tourist Lodge in the Sundarbans, India
22. Urban Green Parks: Sustainable Tourism, Biodiversity and Quality Of Life: A Case Study
23. Philippine Sustainable Tourism Initiatives: Issues and Challenges
24. Turtle Night Watch Nature Tourism: Sharing Benefits to Sustain Local Community and Sea Turtles in Rekawa Sanctuary, Sri Lanka
25. Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam: Where Luxury Meets Sustainable Tourism
26. Tourist Destinations with Planned Interventions: The Success of Kumily in Kerala, India
27. The Development and Promotion Guidelines of Organic Farms for Sustainable Tourism
Philip Sloan, Department of Hospitality Management at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef, Bonn, GermanyClaudia Simons-Kaufman, Department of Business Administration and Economics, International University of Bad Honnef, Bonn, Germany. Willy Legrand, Department of Hospitality Management at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef, Bonn, Germany