Author(s): Stephen Henderson
Organisation/Publisher: Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, 3:3, pp.245-257
Purpose – Whilst the debate rages between progressive and destructive considerations of economic development, this paper aims to develop thinking around the sustainable event and its contribution to competitive advantage.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper defines the sustainable event and considers different positions that might be adopted by private and public sector organisations when addressing the triple bottom line of sustainable development.
Findings – Cost leadership strategies are unlikely to work and the event organiser must address competitive advantage via differentiation and focus strategies.
Practical implications – Event managers must gain a better understanding of the motivations of their audience in relation to sustainability and work towards clearer means to demonstrate that their event meets these sustainable development needs.
Originality/value – The intention being that if event organisers can see a competitive advantage in the sustainable event, their contribution to sustainable development will be increased.