A Sustainable Tourism Workforce: Current issues

Shelagh Mooney (Editor), Richard N.S. Robinson (Editor), David J. Solnet (Editor), Tom Baum (Editor)

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This book brings together issues of social justice and the neglect of a sustainable orientation to the tourism workforce. This has resulted in an impoverished, unsustainable, and transient workforce that does not meet the aims of UN sustainable goals within the sector or indeed the UNTWO Code of ethics towards its employees.

The introductory review and 15 chapters in this volume each make a unique and distinct contribution to knowledge. The opening review presents a critique of current definitions of sustainability in an employment, and specifically in a tourism employment context, acknowledging and critiquing extant literature. It uniquely recognises the themes submitted on the topic of sustainable work in the book, as well as those which comprise the final selection of chapters. These exercises culminate in the presentation of a refreshed conceptualisation of sustainable employment. The chapters were mapped onto a proposed conceptual framework, which recognises the multi-dimensional influences of the evolving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), recent Sustainable Human Resource Management (SHRM) and tourism literature, and fresh contributions to theory. Additionally, the introductory review offers concluding remarks that the authors hope will influence and guide future research endeavours.

The book will be invaluable to educators, students and policymakers interested in information and guidance on managing sustainable tourism. Several chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages316
ISBN (Electronic)9781003435457
ISBN (Print)9781032564166, 9781032564180
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2024
Externally publishedYes

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