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Progress on green technology research in hotels: a literature review

Aysegul Gunduz Songur (University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Gozde Turktarhan (University of Chester, Chester, UK) (University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA)
Cihan Cobanoglu (University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

ISSN: 2514-9792

Article publication date: 28 October 2022

Issue publication date: 1 December 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this research, which is based on a literature review and bibliometric analysis, is to reveal the development of green technologies in hotels, based on the articles published in tourism and hospitality journals between 1999 and 2020.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on five conditions and five databases, 64 journal papers were retrieved and reviewed. Among the surveyed publications pertinent to the eco-friendly/green technology practices at hotels, the majority focus was on the need for eco-friendly/green technology practices at hotels and the schemes implemented to achieve sustainable development.

Findings

The research findings especially from the last decade report that today's guests generally prefer green hotels based on their increased awareness of environmental degradation and an ever-growing need for conservation and sustainability.

Practical implications

The environmental responsibility which is inherent in the hospitality and tourism industry due to the environmental burden generated by the combined effect of both industries on Mother Earth, brings forth a substantial sense of commitment on the part of hotel companies. In that regard, a set of corporate initiatives in the form of green technology practices are implemented by hotels, toward the development of new product and service offerings, management of processes and corporate policy formation.

Originality/value

This research focuses on green technologies aimed at sustainability in the field of accommodation and tourism, consisting of a systematic literature search on the subject. It is important in the way that it provides a general overview to researchers in terms of the theoretical implications of green technologies while also offering a road map with respect to green technology applications to the practitioners of the field.

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Citation

Gunduz Songur, A., Turktarhan, G. and Cobanoglu, C. (2023), "Progress on green technology research in hotels: a literature review", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, Vol. 6 No. 5, pp. 2052-2072. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTI-10-2021-0280

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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