The Contribution of the Hotel Sector to the Local Community: The Case of Mauritius

By Nicolas Ragodoo.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This work aims at contributing to the scare literature on the social sustainability of the tourism sector in Africa by analysing the case of the integration of hotels in Mauritius. According to official statistics, there are presently some 7,157 families living in extreme poverty in 229 deprived regions. However, a high percentage of these deprived regions are located in the coastal areas, in the vicinity of Luxury Hotels and Integrated Resort Schemes (IRS) projects. The tourism sector cannot afford to conveniently forget their poor neighbours, or pretend not to see them. The primary objective of this work is to assess the present contribution of the tourism sector in favour of these vulnerable groups, evaluating its impact on the local community, and analysing the direction we need to move in the future. For this purpose, a mixed-method approach will be adopted, making use of both qualitative and quantitative data so as to have a complete picture of the situation and provide recommendations with regards to future moves. This study will provide an insight into the integration of the hotels and IRS in the local community, in their quest towards social sustainability.

Keywords: Social Sustainability, Mauritius, Hotels, CSR, Poverty

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.207-218. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.208MB).

Nicolas Ragodoo

Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, La Tour Koenig, Pte Aux Sables, Mauritius

Mr. Nicolas RAGODOO is a lecturer in Sociology and CSR at the School Sustainable Development and Tourism of the University of Technology, Mauritius. He has completed his Bachelor in Social Studies from the University of Mauritius, a PGCE in Social Sciences from the Mauritius Institute of Education and a Masters in Human Resource Management and Training from the University of Leicester (UK). Mr Ragodoo’s research interest is in the field of Social Responsibilities of Organisations, Business Ethics and People in Organisations.

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