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How Can We Reduce Conference Venues'' Use of Single-use Plastics?

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Society-level discourse on single-use plastics (SUPs) increases awareness of their negative environmental impacts and reduces their usage by environmentally aware individuals, firms, and governments. This article makes a unique and timely contribution to the literature by exploring why conference venues have not been proactive in reducing their usage of SUPs. Application of a questionnaire approach to collect primary data about venues' attitudes and practices towards their level and reduction in usage of SUPs reveals that although venues claim to be motivated to reduce delegates' use of SUPs, they state that excessive costs inhibit their ability to do so, and that legal and government regulations have the strongest influence on their use of SUPs. Our findings provide a frame of reference and an order of policy priority to ensure SUPs reduction by venues.

Keywords: CONVENTION CENTERS; ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS; LEGISLATION; SINGLE-USE PLASTICS (SUPs)

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sport and Event Management, Bournemouth University Business School, Bournemouth University, Pool, UK 2: Sheffield University Management School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Publication date: September 19, 2022

This article was made available online on March 11, 2022 as a Fast Track article with title: "How Can We Reduce Conference Venues’ Use Of Single-Use Plastics?".

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  • Event Management, an International Journal, intends to meet the research and analytic needs of a rapidly growing profession focused on events. This field has developed in size and impact globally to become a major business with numerous dedicated facilities, and a large-scale generator of tourism. The field encompasses meetings, conventions, festivals, expositions, sport and other special events. Event management is also of considerable importance to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in a pursuit of a variety of goals, including fund-raising, the fostering of causes, and community development.
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