Sustainability in the Meetings Industry

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Title: Sustainability in the Meetings Industry
Author: Lyck, Lise
Abstract: In the past decades tourism has grown rapidly in connection with globalization. Business tourism especially has increased heavily and represents one of the largest and fastest growing sectors within the tourism sphere (Lyck 2012:2). Alongside, the growing globalization and consumption have created a need for an increased awareness of the threats posed by an overuse of non-renewable resources. Subsequently, the concept of sustainability has come into focus. A commonly accepted definition of sustainability was made by the Brundtland Commission in 1987: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED 1987:43). The concept of sustainability is often associated with the three pillars: Environment, society and economy (Lyck 2012:1, Weaver & Lawton 2006). In relation to the industry of tourism, sustainability can be described as: Sustainability principles refer to the environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development, and a suitable balance must be established between these three dimensions to guarantee long-term sustainability. (UNWTO, Lyck 2012:1). The focus in this article will be on how to 2 establish social and environmental sustainability in a way that is compatible with economical sustainability within the meetings industry.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8782
Date: 2013-11-12
Notes: Paper presented at the ICCA Conference in Shanghai at the International Conference Centre November 2-6, 2013

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