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Perspectives on Sustainable Tourism Development in the Hotel Industry—A Case Study from Southern Europe

Igor Trišić (), Snežana Štetić (), Donatella Privitera (), Marko D. Petrović (), Marija Maksin (), Slavoljub Vujović (), Zoran Jovanović () and Marija Kalinić ()
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Igor Trišić: Balkan Network of Tourism Experts, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Snežana Štetić: Balkan Network of Tourism Experts, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Marko D. Petrović: Geographical Institute “Jovan Cvijić” of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Marija Maksin: Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Slavoljub Vujović: Institute of Economics, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Zoran Jovanović: College of Academic Studies “Dositej“, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Marija Kalinić: College of Academic Studies “Dositej“, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

Sustainability, 2021, vol. 13, issue 10, 1-15

Abstract: Sustainable development is in many ways the fundamental basis of tourism. The importance and role of sustainable tourism development in the 21st century is at the center of this paper on eco-certificates and green procurement in the hotel industry, within the field of the responsible or green economy. The green hotel economy implies the selection of accommodation in environmentally responsible hotels and other facilities, which are directing their business operations towards green procurement, eco-labeling, and the responsible economy. This paper includes quantitative research of the attitudes of 506 international tourists, who expressed their views on their needs regarding eco-hotels and the green economy in the hotel industry. This research also included the collection of data on green (responsible) businesses by surveying 100 hotels situated in the capitals of southern Europe. Comparing results from hotels with the needs of tourists in terms of the green economy in the hotel industry, significant results were obtained that contribute to sustainable tourism development.

Keywords: sustainable tourism development; environment protection; green hotels; eco-labeling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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