Sustainable Practices | Shangri-La Toronto Hotel’s Sustainability Report

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Report on Sustainability Practice

Due Date:20 May, 3pm Friday, Week 11

Weight:40%, Length:2000 words (+-) 10%, excluding references and appendices

 

Task Description:

This report requires students to critically evaluate tourism practices and how such practices align with or deviate from principles of sustainability. Students need to choose a tourism business in order to analyse their sustainability practices based on given criteria. The tasks include:

  1. Briefly outline the business chosen for this assessment. The business needs to be either an accommodation provider or a tour company. It is recommended that the business needs to have enough information available from online sources or that students can visit the operation to assist in their assessment.
  2. Identify the most important sustainability issues and challenges facing the business and its operation.
  3. Apply either Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Hotels and Tour Operatorsor The Ecotourism Australia ROC and ECO certification criteria to assess how the business is addressing sustainability. Identify three (3) areas of strength and three (3) areas of weakness in the business’s sustainability practice. The application of the criteria will be directed by the student’s assessment of the important sustainability issues facing the operation.
  4. Based on your analysis and identification of weaknesses, make three recommendations to the business to improve sustainability practices. Include peer reviewed articles to identify the problems associated with implementing sustainable tourism and how suggested improvements could be made.

Notes:

  1. You should have a minimum of 8 academic journal articles to support your analysis.
  2. Do NOT cite your lecturers, or lecture notes as references.
  3. You may use newspaper articles and other website reports as evidence of issues in addition to peer reviewed articles.

 

Suggested Structure and Contents

  1. Introduction(Introducing the business and the purpose of the report)
  2. Sustainability Issues(key economic, socio-cultural, and environmental issues and challenges the business is facing)
  3. Assessment of Operation(assess business operation against key criteria in the sustainability certification program you have chosen, identify 3 strengths and 3 problematic areas)
  4. Discussion of Potential Improvement(make 3 recommendations based on literature)
  5. Conclusion(a brief summary of the whole report)
  6. References

Name: ________________________________ Student # __________________________________                                                

Criteria HD D C Pass Fail
Above 8.5 8.5-7.5 7.5-6.5 6.5-5 Below 5
Identifies an appropriate business, outlines the business (10  marks) Identifies a business that perfectly fits the purpose of the assignment. Excellent description of the business Identifies a business that well fits the purpose of the assignment. Very good description of the business Identifies a business that fits the purpose of the assignment. Clear description of the business Identifies a business that slightly fits the purpose of the assignment. Basic description of the business Picks an inappropriate business, little or no description of the business
Identifiesrelevant sustainable principles in practice(10 marks) Demonstrates a deep analysis of sustainability principles Demonstrates  good analysis of sustainability principles Identifies some  analysis of sustainability principles Adequate  analysis of sustainability principles Limited  analysis
Demonstrates an ability to apply sustainability criteria in the tourism operation

(10 marks)

Comprehensively applies sustainability criteria to the tourism sector demonstrating thorough understanding Effectively applies sustainability criteria to the tourism sector in a manner which demonstrates good understanding Applies sustainability criteria to tourism sector demonstrating adequate understanding Attempts to apply sustainability criteria to tourism sector Provides only superficial application of principles to tourism sector
Demonstrates an ability to critically analyse and suggest improvements.

(10 marks)

Comprehensive analysis and a range of improvements with an understanding of relationships Good analysis and some improvements with an understanding of relationships Adequate analysis and a range of improvements with adequate understanding of relationships Adequate analysis and a range of improvements with limited understanding of relationships Incomplete analysis and a range of improvements with limited understanding of relationships
Style and Mechanics of Writing

(10 marks)

Writes by integrating and interpreting other’s and own material in a fluent and critical manner. No spelling errors and no grammatical errors Writes by integrating and interpreting others’ and own material in a fluent manner. No spelling errors and occasional grammatical errors Mostly writes by integrating and interpreting others and own material. No spelling errors and some grammatical errors Mostly writes by paraphrasing others’ material but with some integration of own ideas. Some spelling errors and some grammatical errors Mostly writes by paraphrasing others’ material. Many spelling errors and many  grammatical errors
Adherence to referencing and citation standards

(10 marks)

Accurate referencing which consistently adheres to APA style throughout Good, consistent referencing which generally adheres to APA style throughout Solid referencing which generally adheres to APA style throughout Some attempt at referencing APA style Poor attempt at referencing APA style
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                  Total Mark________/60

 

 

Description

Tourism is unarguably one of the most rapidly developing industries globally with an estimated average yearly growth rate of 5%. It is estimated that the figures of international travel might grow two-fold until 2020 compared to 2006 (Bader, 2009). Buoyed by a growth of 25% for the ten years from 1995 to 2005, today it accounts for 10% of the global economic activity and is a key generator of employment (Bader, 2009). The tourism industry entails the extensive use of natural resources which brings significant effects on environment, economy, culture and ecosystems. To prevent the devastating impacts of irresponsible tourism, a body called the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) acts as the watchdog and has regulation and guidelines which act as the global baseline standards for sustainability in hotel and tour operations. The criteria focus on positive and negative economic and cultural impacts, as well as social and environmental obligation and are divided into four categories namely: