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Local authority provision of environmental planning guidelines
for event management in Ireland

 

James Hanrahan1 and Kelly Maguire2*

 

Received: 25/04/2015 Accepted: 03/11/2015

 

1School of Business and Social Sciences Department of Marketing, Tourism and Sport, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
2School of Business and Social Sciences, Department of Marketing, Tourism and Sport, Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ash Lane, Ballinode road, Sligo, Ireland; phone: +353 879155226; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
*Corresponding author

 

Abstract
 

This paper discusses the environmental impacts generated by hosting events. More specifically it focuses on the case study of assessing the provision of environmental planning guidelines by Local Authorities to manage the environmental impacts of events in Ireland. In order to determine which Local Authorities provided environmental planning guidelines, a quantitative methodology in the form of a content analysis approach was utilised to investigate every Local Authority in the Republic of Ireland. Analysis has revealed that few Local Authorities are providing planning guidelines for event management, which focus on environmental concerns. As such, the realization of the need to provide environmental planning guidelines to manage the environmental impacts of event management within Local Authorities has not been recognised nationwide. As a result the need for coherent guidelines and policies with sustainable indicators within Local Authorities is vital to further develop, grow and advance the event sector in Ireland. This paper concludes that while the low levels of environmental sustainability in Local Authorities for event management is worrying; it offers an opportunity to be improved by adopting and utilising best practice indicators in environmental policies and guidelines for event management.

 

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Keywords: Event Planning, Event Management, Environmental Planning, Guidelines, Ireland, Local Authorities
Citation: Hanrahan, J., K. Maguire (2016) Local authority provision of environmental planning guidelines for event management in Ireland. European Journal of Tourism Research 12, pp. 54-81

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