Peter Varga

Assistant Professor at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

Peter Varga

Peter Varga, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, University of Applied Sciences, in Switzerland.

His research interests lay on: sustainable sociocultural dynamics of current tourism practices in host societies; cultural intelligence in intercultural service encounters, and symbolism in food and eating habits from a cultural perspective. He lives in the Geneva area with his wife and his two children.

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Responsible travel: How do we make booking sustainable hotels easier?

Clients often look for the best price-quality offers during their booking process. The challenge in front of responsible travelers is the lack of clarity and transparency about the hotels concerning their sustainability-related efforts and achievements.

Sustainability In Tourism: The Socio-Cultural Lens

In October 2020, EHL hosted its annual Sustainability Week with a vast array of online seminars, activities and discussion panels. Considering the current impact on the hospitality industry of ongoing COVID-19, the theme of sustainable tourism is more than ever a relevant and urgent topic.

Running out of energy: An underestimated threat to a "people's business"?

Among others, the pandemic generated restrictions not only have increased the 'official' time we spend online, alongside with an increased administrative charge, but also intruded our private life, particularly when we consider the increasing emails and tasks received during the weekends.

The Future of Sustainability Certification: Micro-Certification?

I believe micro-certifications will increase guests' confusion concerning sustainability engagement of the hotels. The majority of the clients have already had difficulties to differentiate among the various labels they may see at the hotels.

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

In conjunction with the colossal economic impacts the pandemic will generate, there may also be socio-cultural alterations of how people perceive traveling. Among many questions that will be asked in the future, mine are more about perceptions; will 'cultural labeling' impact our perceptions of culturally different fellow visitors? Will a sort of social distancing become a universal norm to respect while visiting formerly crowded destinations, which will enhance strict carrying capacity measurements? Will tourism and tourists become more controlled and restricted? Although the global tourism industry will do its best to inspire people to return to former travel dynamics swiftly, after the pandemic disappears, I believe it will take a long time to stabilize a, hopefully, more responsible way of traveling.
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