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Tracing the complexity-sustainability nexus in a small Mediterranean island: implications for hospitality and tourism education

Tracing the complexity-sustainability nexus in a small Mediterranean island: implications for... The purpose of this study is to gauge how tourism and hospitality students discern sustainability in the geographical context of the small island state of North Cyprus using systems theory and thinking framework.Design/methodology/approachThis study used a qualitative approach and draws on data from focus group interviews with final year students enrolled in a tourism and hospitality program.FindingsThis study reveals that students lack a holistic understanding of sustainability and given this finding, the theoretical and practical implications are discussed.Originality/valueIn spite of the close linkages between tourism and sustainability and the fact that the United Nations designated 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,” education for sustainability in tourism has received relatively little attention. Furthermore, there is a gap in the literature in terms of what tourism students know about sustainability and sustainable development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes Emerald Publishing

Tracing the complexity-sustainability nexus in a small Mediterranean island: implications for hospitality and tourism education

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1755-4217
DOI
10.1108/whatt-02-2021-0030
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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to gauge how tourism and hospitality students discern sustainability in the geographical context of the small island state of North Cyprus using systems theory and thinking framework.Design/methodology/approachThis study used a qualitative approach and draws on data from focus group interviews with final year students enrolled in a tourism and hospitality program.FindingsThis study reveals that students lack a holistic understanding of sustainability and given this finding, the theoretical and practical implications are discussed.Originality/valueIn spite of the close linkages between tourism and sustainability and the fact that the United Nations designated 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,” education for sustainability in tourism has received relatively little attention. Furthermore, there is a gap in the literature in terms of what tourism students know about sustainability and sustainable development.

Journal

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism ThemesEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 17, 2021

Keywords: System thinking; Sustainable development; Complexity; Tourism and hospitality; Northern Cyprus

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