Energy conservation in large-sized hotels: Insights from a developing country

Mohammad Salehi*, Viachaslau Filimonau, Zahed Ghaderi, Jamshid Hamzehzadeh

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Tourism can drive positive, transformative changes in modern societies, but also becomes a source of significant environmental externalities. This is often the case for developing economies where the problem is exacerbated by immature national sustainability agendas. Targeted research, accounting for the local context, is necessary to enable transition of developing countries towards more sustainable patterns of tourism development. This study targets the hotel sector in Iran, one of the most energy inefficient hotel sectors around the world, to explore its pathway towards environmental sustainability. The dominance of domestic ownership and control and the prevalence of international economic sanctions are the distinctive features of the Iranian hotel sector. The study pinpoints reconfigurations in technology, knowledge, legislation and behavioural norms as the determinants of the sector's environmental sustainability quest. Domestic hospitality companies should champion transformative pro-environmental changes in the Iranian hotel sector until international economic sanctions are lifted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103061
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Developing country
  • Energy conservation
  • Environmental management
  • Hotels
  • Iran
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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