A comparative study of sustainability in the hospitality sector in Chinese hotels

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Institutionen för teknikvetenskaper

Author: Kai Yang; [2019]

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Abstract: The development of an industrial civilization,and rapidurban economic growth, leads tomore and more pressure onthe natural environment. Furthermore, the tourism industry is one of the major industries in the world and to understand the importance of sustainable development for the environment and society, the tourism industry is the first to understand. Regarding China's tourism industry, the tourism industry's GDP accounts for 11.04% of the total GDP, and the tourism industry provides 28.26 million jobs (Travel China, 2019), so sustainable tourism is very important in China. However, China lacks literature on sustainable development and lacks systematic knowledge about sustainable development. Therefore, this thesis will study what implementation of Chinese hotels and what implement in globalhotels in sustainable development. Furthermore, it figuresout the differencebetween Chinese hotels and globalhotels, with regardstosustainability in China. In order to get the most accurate results, this thesis employs a multitude ofcase studiesand it gathers qualitative data by conducting semi-structured interviews, with 3 Chinese hotel and 3 globalhotels.In the empirical data, the researcher collected data from interviews with managers from three globalhotels and three Chinese hotels.Through the comparison and analysis of data, with regards to the research questions, Chinese hotels implement Energy, Emission and waste in sustainability work. globalhotels implement Energy, Water Emission, Supplier and Management in their sustainability work in China.The finding pointed to more sustainability in the globalhotels than the Chinese hotels

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