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A critical review of the efficacy of the UN SDGs as conduits for collaboration in business tourism provision. Case Study Edinburgh & Melbourne

Robertson, M.; Pyke, J.; Drake, C.


J. Pyke

C. Drake


Business events can support the needs of access, equality, and learning for work and social inclusion, and determine a greater range of benefits than had been previously considered (Edwards, Foley, & Schlenker, 2011; Foley, Edwards, & Schlenker, 2014; Jago & Deery, 2010). The triple influence of Covid-19, the global climate emergency and economic turbulence may have undermined the opportunity for business events and business tourism to continue to aid more comprehensive socio-economic and socio-environmental benefits. Despite this, this paper gives examples of an applied research project which saw key elements of Edinburgh City’s business tourism provision work with Edinburgh Napier University’s Tourism Research Centre, and a local software start-up company, to provide a working tool to analyse and award the social benefits of business events to the city.

This paper, critically reviews the opportunities and barriers for stakeholders to co-produce an environment of absorptive capacity, in which learning processes and combinative capabilities are determinants of strategic innovation (Gebauer, Worch, & Truffer, 2012; Thomas & Wood, 2014, 2015), and which correspond to many of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Five areas of agreement are determined. Areas of potential conflict are forwarded as important areas of corresponding investigation. A model of collaborative efficacy in times of turbulence is proposed.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 33rd Annual Conference of the Council for Australasian Universities Tourism and Hospitality Education
Start Date Feb 7, 2023
End Date Feb 9, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Feb 13, 2023
Pages 330-331
Book Title CAUTHE 2023: West, East, South, North: Redirecting research in tourism, hospitality and events: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference
ISBN 978-0-9945141-9-6
Publisher URL