Education for sustainability in tourism: coaching tourism businesses

Blackman, Anna, and Bauld, Sharee (2015) Education for sustainability in tourism: coaching tourism businesses. In: Moscardo, Gianna, and Benckendorff, Pierre, (eds.) Education for Sustainability in Tourism: a handbook of processes, resources and strategies. CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance . Springer, New York, NY, USA, pp. 155-170.

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It is often espoused that micro and small enterprises (MSEs) are the engines of growth of a country's economy. There are, however, considerable barriers that they face in start up and operations that are compounded by their inability to utilise the necessary resources to assist them. As such more targeted information delivered directly to MSE owner/managers, supported by flexible, personalised programs for capacity building and person support in combination with peer networks, could provide a more effective and sustainable approach to encourage MSEs to incorporate sustainable tourism development responses into their business practices. This chapter will explore the practice of business coaching as an education tool and participatory learning method for tourism MSEs adopting a sustainable development approach to their business practices. In particular, how business coaching can best integrate economic, environmental, and social concepts into core tourism business activities is examined. The chapter will conclude with a practical guide on how to implement coaching programmes for tourism MSEs.

Item ID: 42396
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-662-47469-3
Keywords: coaching, tourism, sustainability, education, business
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 01:36
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management @ 60%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management @ 40%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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