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The circular economy, natural capital and resilience in tourism and hospitality

Peter Jones (School of Business and Technology, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, UK)
Martin George Wynn (School of Business and Technology, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucester, UK)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 8 February 2019

Issue publication date: 4 September 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review some of the academic literature on the circular economy, natural capital and resilience by tourism and hospitality scholars and to examine how a number of companies and industry bodies within the tourism and hospitality industry have used these concepts in their business operations and development plans.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper outlines the importance of sustainability to the tourism and hospitality industry and provides definitions of the concepts of the circular economy, natural capital and resilience. The paper reviews some of the academic literature on these concepts, explores how a number of companies and industry bodies within the tourism and hospitality industry have used them in their business and planning operations and identifies a number of future directions for academic research and managerial contributions.

Findings

The concepts illuminate a range of sustainability challenges and opportunities, and some companies use these concepts in their sustainability strategies and development planning. The current depth of theoretical understanding does not lend itself to management strategies, but one fruitful avenue is to explore how information systems can be better deployed to support these concepts and sustainability management in general.

Originality/value

The paper provides an accessible exploratory review of how academics and companies are focussing on the concepts of the circular economy, natural capital and resilience in the tourism and hospitality industry. As such, it will be of interest to academics, students and practitioners interested in the hospitality industry.

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Citation

Jones, P. and Wynn, M.G. (2019), "The circular economy, natural capital and resilience in tourism and hospitality", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 2544-2563. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2018-0370

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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