|This study focuses on environmental commitment in the tourist accommodation industry, with particular emphasis on a case study of Sanya, Hainan, China. Both the beneficial and detrimental attributes of tourism accommodations are discussed in this thesis. On a worldwide basis, negative environmental and social impacts associated with the accommodation industry have spurred the formation of many non-regulatory initiatives aimed at improving the sustainability of accommodations and their related activities. Furthermore, as China is a country that is relatively new to tourism and is affected by burgeoning growth, it is imperative to determine the level of environmental commitment in the industry. Through this analysis, potential methods can be assessed that can be imperative in moving the tourism accommodation industry in Sanya, and subsequently worldwide, towards sustainable action.
In order for the latter to occur, a study was conducted in 2004-05 to identify the motivating, organizational and impeding factors that affect the level of environmental commitment in the Sanya accommodation industry. These factors were assessed using qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis in an attempt to provide insight into the gap between attitude and action in relation to sustainability in the tourist accommodation industry. This thesis discusses the major conclusions derived from this study and provides insight as well as recommendations as to what affects the level of environmental commitment in an accommodation facility and how this information can be utilized to motivate sustainability.