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Frederic Dimanche, Ph.D., is Professor and Director, Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. His work has focused on consumer behavior, marketing, and destination competitiveness.

Maria Della Lucia, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Economics and Business Management at the University of Trento in Italy. Her main areas of research, teaching and training include local development and sustainability, destination management and governance, culture-led regeneration, creative cities and creative tourism, social media marketing, and economic impact analysis as investment decision-making tools.

Abstract (150 Words)

Sustainability is a pressing issue for industry. Climate change, the concern for pollution, the need to lower energy consumption, and the necessity to provide economic benefits in local communities are problems that the sector is increasingly aware of but slowly addressing. The purpose of this paper is to address sustainability in the luxury hotel sector. Can a hotel be designed to be sustainable while providing an experience that customers want to pay for at a high price? An exploratory case-study method was used on Fogo Island Inn, an award-winning hotel in Newfoundland, Canada, that offers a unique luxury experience centered around sustainability. Fogo Island Inn is a success story that demonstrates that a hotel can combine, with the adoption of a new business model, a luxury focus with strong environmental and social orientation. A luxury hotel may be both a social business and a community asset creating a shared value.

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Are luxury and sustainability compatible? A Canadian social entrepreneurship case

Sustainability is a pressing issue for industry. Climate change, the concern for pollution, the need to lower energy consumption, and the necessity to provide economic benefits in local communities are problems that the sector is increasingly aware of but slowly addressing. The purpose of this paper is to address sustainability in the luxury hotel sector. Can a hotel be designed to be sustainable while providing an experience that customers want to pay for at a high price? An exploratory case-study method was used on Fogo Island Inn, an award-winning hotel in Newfoundland, Canada, that offers a unique luxury experience centered around sustainability. Fogo Island Inn is a success story that demonstrates that a hotel can combine, with the adoption of a new business model, a luxury focus with strong environmental and social orientation. A luxury hotel may be both a social business and a community asset creating a shared value.