Teare, R. (2006), "Editorial", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 18 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijchm.2006.04118aaa.001Download as .RIS
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As we enter our 18th year, I am pleased to welcome new authors to this issue and new editorial advisory board members. I am also pleased that our readership is truly international in scope and our article download figures consistently high, with an average of 11,000 article downloads each month. My thanks to our readers, authors and the Emerald team in Bradford, led by managing editor Paula Fernandez for helping to ensure our sustained popularity and success.
As ever, this issue features articles that address a range of contemporary issues in a variety of regional settings. In the first of two articles dealing with business methodologies, Maria Krambia Kapardis and Alison Thomas offer companies an alternative reporting method to the traditional form of financial reporting. Their work on the significance of intangibles is termed ValueReporting™ – a framework that has been developed and tested in many industry settings. Next, Manuel Rodriguez-Diaz and Tomas Espino-Rodriguez present their methodology for reviewing the relationships between a hotel property, its suppliers and other hotels operating in the same locality.
Festival organization is a complex affair with preparatory work that often directly impacts on the success of the event. Stephen Litvin and Elizabeth Fetter pose the question “Can a festival be too successful?” and use a case study from Spoleto, USA to review the impacts of a successful event on the community as a whole and local hotels in particular.
A regular IJCHM topic is the role of graduate education and in their article on hospitality management in Ireland, Pauline Connolly and Geraldine McGing review the extent to which tertiary education has met the needs of hoteliers in Dublin. Their survey reveals that hoteliers place a high value on practical skills preparation – a theme that has occurred in numerous articles published on this topic in IJCHM – and comparatively less value on the entry skills that graduates have been prepared to contribute. As with most authors before them, they conclude that curriculum design might better reflect the needs of industry.
In several shorter articles, Bernadette Scott analyzes the interrelationships between Scottish café society, consumption and lifestyles; Jo-Anne Hecht and David Martin profile backpacking and hostel-picking in Canada and Judith Chapman and Genevieve Lovell question the value of competency-based training frameworks, drawing on examples from Australia.