Conceptual issues on environmental responsibility in transnational hotels: An example from Lagos, Nigeria.
The rapid growth in the tourism and hospitality industry in Nigeria, especially in the hotel sector have also attracted the corresponding rise in pressure on the hotel businesses to incorporate environmental responsibilities so that their activities will not affect the environment negatively. Consequently, hoteliers in the developed countries have consistently embraced Business Environmental Responsibility (BER) practices like Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), green practices and environmental-friendly initiatives. However, the experience is not the same in Nigeria; thus, raising serious concerns from stakeholders like environmental regulators, community, media, and Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs) for the reduction of carbon footprint and enhance environmental preservation. Since transnational hotel possesses huge wealth and popularity expected to provide leadership in the industry. The study seeks to explore, to what extent are the hotels in Nigeria pressured to address their BER. A qualitative approach will be used to investigate how transnational hotels in Nigeria engage in environmentally responsible practices. It also seeks to understand the extent of ‘Regulatory’ and ‘Non-regulatory’ pressures that have an influence on Nigerian transnational hotels to be environmentally responsible. Views of stakeholders in Nigerian hotel sector will be sought to have a balanced knowledge on the issues.
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