Abstract

In an effort to shed light on the advantage of including health, and more specifically HIV/AIDS, in the discourse on sustainable tourism development (STD) in small island developing states (SIDS) like Barbados, this research study will examine the extent to which health can impact upon the destination’s sustainability. Using a mixed methods design, data collection will ensue over a five month timeframe, with a dominant quantitative approach which employs a questionnaire to hotel managers and employees as well as an embedded and less dominant qualitative approach where interviews to human resource managers will be conducted. Information gained from the interviews on perceptions of health and HIV/AIDS risk will be used to provide deeper insight into the findings of the correlation analysis which explores the strength of the association between the independent variables health and HIV/AIDS and the dependent variable (STD) operationalized at the two levels of employee and hotel performance.

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Linking Health and HIV/AIDS: Towards a More Holistic Sustainable Tourism Development Model in Barbados

In an effort to shed light on the advantage of including health, and more specifically HIV/AIDS, in the discourse on sustainable tourism development (STD) in small island developing states (SIDS) like Barbados, this research study will examine the extent to which health can impact upon the destination’s sustainability. Using a mixed methods design, data collection will ensue over a five month timeframe, with a dominant quantitative approach which employs a questionnaire to hotel managers and employees as well as an embedded and less dominant qualitative approach where interviews to human resource managers will be conducted. Information gained from the interviews on perceptions of health and HIV/AIDS risk will be used to provide deeper insight into the findings of the correlation analysis which explores the strength of the association between the independent variables health and HIV/AIDS and the dependent variable (STD) operationalized at the two levels of employee and hotel performance.