Accommodation Providers’ Responses to Climate Change in Kyoto, Japan
Thesis DisciplineBusiness Administration
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Commerce
Rising global concerns over climate change are one of today’s major challenges to the tourism sector and its subsectors, such as the accommodation industry. Given the limited progress in understanding climate change in the Asian tourism context, this study explores the responses of Japan’s accommodation providers in the Kyoto Prefecture to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Kyoto Prefecture is regarded as an appropriate study location because of the association of the city with climate change governance and the city’s own initiatives with respect to improving environmental quality. The study assesses four different types of accommodation which include hotels, ryokan (traditional Japanese-style inns), lodges, and love hotels. A content analysis of accommodation websites and other units of analysis including blogs and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports were employed to achieve the goals of this study. A total of 1,150 accommodation providers’ websites was analysed and the study found that a very small number of accommodation providers mentioned their green practices. Instead, more specific attributes of climate change responses were stated prominently on accommodation websites. The results reveal lack of disclosure of their environmental information in relation to measures to response to climate change.