Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Global Change and Sustainable Development

  • Pimtong Tavitiyaman
  • Xinyan Zhang
  • Artie W. NgEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_468


Sustainability is a key concept discussed by the majority of profit and non-profit organizations worldwide. Millar and Park (2013, 81) defined sustainability as “the long-term and comprehensive view of a business enterprise’s awareness of and actions toward its financial, social, and environmental impacts.” In the tourism and hospitality sector, sustainability refers to a range of balancing acts being implemented that ultimately affects global sustainable development.

To enhance global sustainability, pertinent activities should alleviate poverty in developing economies, generate employment, promote sustainable consumption and production, and advocate the sustainable use of oceans, seas, and marine resources (UN 2017). Furthermore, such a global change should embrace local cultures while improving the quality of life and rural development by fostering economic progress in developing countries (UN 2017; United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 2018).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pimtong Tavitiyaman
    • 1
  • Xinyan Zhang
    • 1
  • Artie W. Ng
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.College of Professional and Continuing Education, School of Professional Education and Executive DevelopmentThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.School of Professional Education and Executive Development, College of Professional and Continuing EducationThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Sustainable Development (Greens)Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (Unisul)FlorianópolisBrazil