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Drivers of eco-innovation and economic development in the Spanish hospitality industry

Sotiriadis, Marios and Magadán-Díaz, Marta and Rivas-García, Jesús (2018): Drivers of eco-innovation and economic development in the Spanish hospitality industry. Published in: TOURMAN 2018 Conference Proceedings (28 October 2018): pp. 136-144.

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Abstract

Eco-innovation is a challenge for tourism industry, given the connection and interrelationship between environmental quality, economic development and business performance. Th eco-innovation plans represents a new field of research in its infancy. This paper addresses the conceptual evolution of eco-innovation to subsequently develop an analytical framework that tentatively explores this concept and its implementation in Spanish hotel companies through two basic internal characteristics of these organizations: their economic development and business performance, and their respective size, measured in terms of capacity. A qualitative research method was implied, making a set of case studies of 10 Spanish hotel groups, through documentary evidence and structured interviews. Findings suggest the influencing and determining factors for eco-innovation action.

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