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Restaurant assessment of local food and the
Global Sustainable Tourism criteria

Robert S. Bristow1* and Ian Jenkins2

 Received: 19/07/2016 Accepted: 27/05/2017

1Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Westfield State University, Westfield MA 01086 USA. Tel:1-413-572-5215 (O), 1-413-572-5470 (F). E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2School of Engineering & Natural Sciences, Sæmundargötu 2, University of Iceland, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Abstract

Certification standards have evolved to become a recognizable achievement in businesses. For tourism, numerous models have risen recently and most are striving to reach broad acceptance. The assessment utilized in this study was the management model suggested by the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC). From the food service perspective, little research has been devoted to exploring the willingness to adopt sustainable practices by restaurant managers. In order to assess the relevancy of the GSTC, a sample of restaurants located on several islands of the Turks and Caicos (TCI), the Pioneer Valley region of Massachusetts, U.S., in Wales, U.K. and Southern Switzerland were asked to rate the importance of several of the GSTC. Several differences in managements’ rating of sustainable practice were found, illustrating the unique geographies of our sample. Overall however, management embraced the importance of the GSTC.

 

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Keywords: Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, food, sustainability, management.


Citation: Bristow, R., I. Jenkins (2018) Restaurant assessment of local food and the Global Sustainable Tourism criteria. European Journal of Tourism Research 18, pp. 120-132

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