Examining governance and collaboration for enforcement of hotel greening in Gauteng, South Africa: Towards a network governance structure

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  • Carolien Smith School of Tourism and Hospitality Management College of Business and Economics University of Johannesburg
  • Llewellyn Leonard School of Tourism and Hospitality Management College of Business and Economics University of Johannesburg

Keywords:

Hotel Greening, Enforcement, Regulation, Governance, South Africa

Abstract

Greening is an effective way for hotels to minimise their impact on the environment. Studies have shown that many South African hotels have not adopted greening practices because governance and guidance from the South African government are poor. There is also limited academic literature exploring stakeholder relationships and enforcement of greening regulations. This study will provide empirical evidence (via semi-structured interviews) as to the current state of enforcement, focusing on the government, private, non-governmental and public-private sectors. Results show limited collaboration, poor policy direction and inconsistent certification criteria that restrict greening. Implementing network governance will improve collaboration and in turn hotel greening. 

Author Biographies

Carolien Smith, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management College of Business and Economics University of Johannesburg

Carolien Smith is a lecturer at the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Johannesburg. She received her master’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from the University of Johannesburg in 2017. She is interested in practical and sustainable environmental advancements within the tourism and hospitality industry.

Llewellyn Leonard, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management College of Business and Economics University of Johannesburg

Llewellyn Leonard is Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Tourism. Research interests include environmental justice; human rights, sustainability; environment (industrial risks, climate change, conservation); democracy and governance and civil society-state-industry relations to name a few. 

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Published

2018-09-01

How to Cite

Smith, C. and Leonard, L. (2018) “Examining governance and collaboration for enforcement of hotel greening in Gauteng, South Africa: Towards a network governance structure”, e-Review of Tourism Research, 15(6). Available at: https://journals.tdl.org/ertr/index.php/ertr/article/view/260 (Accessed: 4July2022).

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