Sustainable development and hospitality education : employers’ perspectives on the relevance for graduate employability

ALI, Alisha, MURPHY, Hilary and NADKARNI, Sanjay (2017). Sustainable development and hospitality education : employers’ perspectives on the relevance for graduate employability. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism, 17 (3), 159-172.

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This paper examines hospitality employers’ perspectives of sustainable development and the implications for hospitality education, particularly graduate employability. An exploratory approach is used in this research where semi-structured interviews were conducted with employers of hospitality graduates. The results established that respondents had mixed understandings of the meaning and relevance of sustainable development. These employers are, however, gradually recognising the value of sustainability for their business. Though it is not currently a priority in terms of a critical employability skill specifically for the hotel sector, related industries seem more mindful of the implications of sustainability credentials. Thus, hospitality educators need to take appropriate actions in subject specific areas where sustainable development is critical to employment opportunities, creating more industry ready graduates who are also globally aware citizens.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, Education
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Service Sector Management
Identification Number: 10.1080/15313220.2017.1331782
Depositing User: Alisha Ali
Date Deposited: 18 May 2017 10:15
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 19:10

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