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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Insights by Peter Varga (16)

Sustainable hotels and The Black Sheep Inn: An example to follow

Although the number of hotels and inns claiming to be sustainable keeps increasing, in reality how many of them are good examples of sustainable hospitality? The Black Sheep Inn in the Ecuadorian highlands is surely one of them.

Sustainability: Responding To Adversity Through Cultural Intelligence And Sustainable Marketing (Peter Varga)

While there have been growing numbers of sustainable initiatives in the tourism industry, economic interests and environmental initiatives have prevailed over social and cultural perspectives. The post-pandemic period offers an opportunity to correct this discrepancy, so both hosts and guests will feel comfortable with and also responsible for future tourism dynamics.

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

1. Hotels located in natural settings (e.g. forest, coastline): what actions can be undertaken to maintain or restore the ecosystems?Hotels located in remote and natural settings often disremember the previously prevailing coexistence between native communities and their surrounding natural environment.

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.
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