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

Ali, Alisha (Department of Service Sector Management, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK) ; Murphy, Hilary Catherine (Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Nadkarni, Sanjay (Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

This paper examines hospitality employers’perspectives of sustainable development (SD) 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 SD. 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 SD is critical to employment opportunities, creating more industry-ready graduates who are also globally aware citizens.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
EHL
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Date:
2018-10
Pagination:
15 p.
Published in:
Journal of teaching in travel & tourism
Numeration (vol. no.):
2018, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 159-172
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