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Research Article, J Tourism Res Hospitality Vol: 6 Issue: 3

Trash Crisis and Solid Waste Management in Lebanon Analyzing Hotels’ Commitment and Guests’ Preferences

Socrat Ghadban1*, Maya Shames2 and Haifa Abou Mayaleh1

1Lebanese University-Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Beirut, Lebanon

2Université de Paris 13-Sorbonne Paris Cité Villetaneuse, France

*Corresponding Author : Socrat Ghadban
Lebanese University-Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Beirut, Lebanon
Tel : +961-76 715 011
E-mail: [email protected]

Received: June 09, 2017 Accepted: July 11, 2017 Published: July 17, 2017

Citation: Ghadban S, Shames M, Mayaleh HA (2017) Trash Crisis and Solid Waste Management in Lebanon Analyzing Hotels’ Commitment and Guests’ Preferences. J Tourism Res Hospitality 6:3. doi: 10.4172/2324-8807.1000171

Abstract

Lebanon has witnessed in 2015 a severe trash crisis that had serious health and environmental impacts. Trash crisis has recently evolved, and is mostly related to inefficiency in networking, political leadership, and strategic management system and information flow. Trash crisis can be avoided with effective crisis management plan and waste management strategies. The latter is gaining broader attention, especially in the developing countries, with waste management being not well implemented. Until now, no studies have been conducted to measure and evaluate the impacts of the garbage crisis on the Lebanese tourism industry, which is a main income generator sector. Therefore, this research seeks to examine how tourism organizations, especially hotels as main producer of solid waste, are managing their waste to reduce the impacts of the crisis and to understand visitors? perceptions of solid waste management strategies adopted by hotels. 18 hotels? managers in Beirut were interviewed and 124 questionnaires were filled by hotels? guests, who were randomly selected in different areas of the capital. Results revealed that large hotels tend to effectively manage their solid waste which allowed them to overcome the crisis with minimal negative impacts. For the majority of respondents, selecting hotels is not primarily influenced by the implementation of solid waste management strategies. Moreover, results showed that 46% of respondents have hesitated to visit Lebanon during the crisis.

Keywords: Trash crisis; Hotels; Lebanon; Solid waste management; Crisis management; Sustainable development

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