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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.

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.

Angkor Wat: The Impacts of Mass Tourism

Overtourism is now a term that is frequently used to describe the negative impacts of excessive tourism on a destination. The impacts of overtourism are numerous and even if the term is quite new, we can find traces of this concept already among scholars in the beginning of mass tourism.

Is There a Solution to Overtourism: Lessons from Borocay Island, The Philippines

In 2018, so-called overtourism has begun to emerge as a serious and dangerous phenomenon. Various cities, cultural heritage sites, recreational areas and islands have been affected by this phenomenon.
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