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Measuring the social sustainability of hotels: a case study from the Canary Islands

Beatriz Guzmán-Pérez (Cátedra Cajasiete de Economía Social y Cooperativa, Universidad de La Laguna, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain)
Javier Mendoza-Jiménez (Departamento de Dirección de Empresas e Historia Económica, Universidad de La Laguna, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain)
María Victoria Pérez-Monteverde (Departamento de Economía, Contabilidad y Finanzas, Universidad de La Laguna, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain)

International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management

ISSN: 0959-6119

Article publication date: 8 September 2022

Issue publication date: 27 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to demonstrate the derivation of social sustainability metrics that guide the decision-making of hotel managers regarding sustainability strategies based on the case study of Hotel Tigaiga in the Canary Islands, using a noninstrumental approach of the stakeholder theory.

Design/methodology/approach

The analytic–synthetic method of integrated social value (ISV) was used. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with the stakeholders’ representatives, direct observations and relevant documents.

Findings

Metrics referring to hotel outputs valued by stakeholders and expressed in monetary terms were obtained.

Research limitations/implications

The findings cannot be directly applied to a similar hotel. Applying the ISV model to a set of similar hotels to standardize outputs and proxies is necessary.

Practical implications

The results can guide efforts to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Hotel Tigaiga’s social sustainability strategies.

Originality/value

Research on measuring the sustainability of hotels in terms of generating maximum value for society is limited. This study is unique because it demonstrates the process of deriving comprehensible indicators to guide hotel managers toward social sustainability.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the five anonymous referees for their insightful comments on this paper. The authors also thank Silvia Ayuso for her assistance in the monetization of the value variables related to environmental sustainability. Special thanks to Naomi Álvarez Waló for the fast and great proofread of the last versions of the text.

Citation

Guzmán-Pérez, B., Mendoza-Jiménez, J. and Pérez-Monteverde, M.V. (2023), "Measuring the social sustainability of hotels: a case study from the Canary Islands", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 35 No. 2, pp. 512-532. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCHM-05-2021-0610

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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