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Is tourism and hospitality education supporting sustainability?

Galina Berjozkina (Department of Hospitality and Tourism, City Unity College Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus)
Yioula Melanthiou (Department of Marketing, School of Business, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 20 September 2021

Issue publication date: 26 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Education can provide learners with the necessary awareness, values and skills to understand the complexity of sustainability. This study aims to analyse the extent to which sustainability concepts have been implemented in higher education programmes in the tourism and hospitality fields.

Design/methodology/approach

For the purpose of the current study, data on all tourism and hospitality programmes offered in Cyprus higher education institutions (HEIs) at the Bachelor level was obtained. Analysis was conducted on publicly available programme descriptions, learning outcomes, program content and syllabi and course descriptions.

Findings

The study finds that sustainability concept implementation in undergraduate hospitality and tourism degree programmes is at a developing stage. The majority of the HEI follow trends and offer sustainability courses either as compulsory or elective courses, but concept implementation in programme learning outcomes and programme descriptions is relatively limited.

Originality/value

This paper presents a review of data and evidence on sustainability concept implementation in tourism and hospitality education in Cyprus.

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Citation

Berjozkina, G. and Melanthiou, Y. (2021), "Is tourism and hospitality education supporting sustainability?", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 13 No. 6, pp. 744-753. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-07-2021-0101

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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