Elena Cavagnaro

Professor of Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism at Stenden University of Applied Sciences

Elena Cavagnaro

Dr. Elena Cavagnaro is Professor of Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism at Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She is also a visiting professor at the University of Derby (UK) and the University of Macerata and Bergamo (Italy). Elena has consulted several organizations in sectors such as hospitality, retail, and health care on sustainability strategy and implementation. In line with her understanding of sustainability as a multi-dimensional and multi-layered concept, her research focuses on issues that run across and connect the social, organizational and individual layers of sustainability. The book “Three Levels of Sustainability” which she co-authored with G. Curiel is a bestseller.

Insights by Elena Cavagnaro (9)

The solutions nature provides: how can hotels contribute and benefit?

Lately I have had the pleasure to talk to Joost Heymeijer who has ben involved with the development and management of the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, a luxury conservation-based resort in Australia owned by the airline.

Driving Resiliency and Sustainability in Hospitality: Five Priorities for 2021

In reflecting on your question about how to tackle both resilience and sustainability in 2021, my thoughts went to a recent announcement by Airbnb. The strong growth of Airbnb and its inability to stick to its avowed original business model has been one of the causes of unsustainable tourism growth at many destinations.

The (Green) Recovery Imperative: Hospitality Re-Set Or Bouncing Forward?

Crises have been often saluted as an opportunity for frog-jumping towards sustainability. 2008 will be still in the memory of most of us; also then the idea of a green-recovery was launched but it failed to materialize.

COVID-19: A stress test for sustainable development in hospitality?

While people are still struggling to survive, some theorists say, they do not think of the common good. Yet what this crisis has shown (for some surprisingly for some not), is that this is not by definition true.

How can sustainability be communicated beyond clichés and greenwashing?

The last year, together with dr Vanessa de Oliveira Menezes, I have performed a round of interviews with hotel guests in the Netherlands focussing on their preferences about communicating sustainability.
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