An academic essay aims to explore perspectives on a topic or persuade readers of a viewpoint based on evidence. An essay always answers a question or task. To achieve this, an essay develops what is known as a thesis (an argument) via a set of closely related points that include both reasoning (analysis) and evidence (research). Essay writing is a valuable skill for tertiary education as it encourages critical thinking through the full process of academic writing. Careful essay planning ensures that correct structural elements are included in each essay paragraph.
For this assignment, you are able to choose an essay task to respond to. Choose one option from the following two options:
OPTION A. In 1,200 words, examine three (3) impacts the hospitality industry has on the environment and strategies to reduce each impact.
OPTION B. In 1,200 words, examine three (3) ways technology is changing the hospitality industry and strategies to maximise the success of each change.
In addition to your essay, you are also required to submit a completed essay plan using a template that will be provided to you.
•Work on the plan will be hand-written during your week 6 tutorials
•Your lecturer will initial your plan at the end of your week 6 tutorial to document that you worked on it during class. You are also able to seek feedback on your plan at this time.
•You will submit the plan in your essay document (see instructions below). The plan must be legible.
What structure is required for your essay?
Assignment cover page
Introduction (approximately 150 words)
Open with a short background to introduce the reader to the topic area. State the purpose of the essay. Include a concise thesis statement to state the main argument of your essay.
Body paragraphs (approximately 900 words)
Respond to individual parts of the essay task in three well-structured paragraphs (one paragraph for each sub-task). Ensure paragraphs are constructed with topic sentences, supporting sentences with academic research, and linking sentences.
Conclusion (approximately 150 words)
Re-iterate the purpose and thesis of the essay, and briefly re-iterate the key discussions made.
On a new page, list references in alphabetical order using APA 6th referencing style. Do not use bullets or numbering. A minimum of five academic journal articles must be cited. References are not included in the word count of assignments.
Include your completed, hand-written essay plan in your essay document. The plan must be legible. Scanning using the school printers is encouraged for professional results.
Submission Guidelines for Assessment 1 and 2
1. Typed and formatted following the Assessment Formatting Guidelines and uploaded to Turnitin on time on the due date.
2. To be submitted in electronic form as a word-processed file
3. Students must refer, in text, to a minimum of five academic journal articles, plus other credible industry sources as required, in order to show competency in each assessment.
4. The total word count, excluding references, must be within 10% of the word count.
5. The word count for the essay begins at the start of the introduction and finishes at the end of the conclusion.
6. All referencing must be in accordance with the Academic Writing Guide: APA 6th Edition
7.A school assessment cover sheet to be attached to your paper (Individual assessment cover sheet)
8. See marking rubric for each assignment within this document and remember you do not need to attach these rubrics to your submissions.
IMPACT OF HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Hospitality industry is one of the most flourished and successful industries in the modern world that has globally generated billions of dollars in revenue and is favored by the customers as it caters to their needs and requirements. Hospitality industry, however, is one of those industries that have an adverse affect on the environment where it is situated or located in due to the activities of the industry that generally exert an impact on the environment (Bolte et al., 2008). The purpose of the following study is to critically analyze the three major impacts that are exerted by the hospitality industry on the environment and the three strategies that could be used to mitigate each of the impacts made. It can be stated that due to the modernization and high-end goals and objectives of the hospitality industry, various impacts are being exerted on the environment. However, these impacts can be easily and successfully mitigated through simple and effective measures.
The biggest impact of the hospitality industry on the environment is the destruction of the local and natural environment as well as decline in the native animals living in the environment. Hospitality industry is a wide and broad category of fields that includes hotels, theme parks, lodgings, cruise line, and many more (Cashman et al., 2012). As such, this creates a need of physical space where the hotels, theme parks, lodgings, cruise line, and others can be placed and located at. Usually these are located in places where the view of the natural environment can be clearly seen due to the fact people love places like that and hospitality industry being a customer centric industry caters to their needs. This location and establishment of the hotels, theme parks, lodgings, cruise line, and others in the environment destroys the natural environment which directly impacts the natural and local species of flora and fauna living in the environment (Seetanah & Fauzel, 2018). The destruction of the local and natural environment due to the location and establishment of the different aspects of the hospitality industry can be mitigated through proper planning. Proper Planning is one of the most effective and safe ways through which any industry or organization is able to establish themselves in a specific location in a sustainable manner which makes them virtually immune to any form of issues or problems. As such, the hospitality industry too can use proper planning in order to find a suitable location for the establishment of their segments such as lodgings, hotels, cruise line, theme parks, and others. Furthermore, they can plan to set up the components in their segmentations (Mahachi et al., 2015). This will allow them to not cause any destruction and decline of the local and natural environment and as such, this would not affect the flora and fauna of the local environment.
Another major impact of the hospitality industry on the environment is the generation of wastes. In the hospitality industry, there is a presence of various segments that includes food and beverages, travel and tourism, lodging, recreation, and many more. All of these are created to appeal and attract the customers and most people love all of these due to their social nature. As a result of this, this generates a lot of customers for fields such as hotels, theme parks, lodgings, cruise line, and others. However, due to this, a large quantity of waste is generated due to the disposals made by the people which includes food scraps, plastic, oil and chemical disposals (Farid et al., 2016). As a result of this generation of wastes, the local and natural environment where the hospitality industry is affected and the flora and fauna inhabiting the environment dying as a result. The generation of huge amount of harmful wastes by the hospitality industry can be easily mitigated and rectified through various methods. The most effective way is the establishment of strict rules, laws, and regulations which would be implemented in order to stop the customers from throwing and generating an unnecessary amount of wastes and failure of which would be dealt with penalty (Jayawardena et al., 2013). Another effective method is encouraging the customers to recycle their wastes as well as using more biodegradable products. Recycling the wastes and using more biodegradable products would allow the customers as well as the hospitality industry to not only reduce the waste generation, but also contribute to the recovery and growth of the natural and local environment. Another way is the use of an effective and safe disposable system where the wastes generated by the customers within the hospitality industry would be safely collected and processed and then sent off to be disposed remotely (Butts & Sukhdeo-Singh, 2010). This method would be highly effective and efficient in reducing the waste generation and harming the local and natural environment.
Another major impact of the hospitality industry on the environment is the excessive consumption of energy. Hospitality industry is a wide segmentation of fields and categories that include food and beverages such as bars and pubs, travel and tourism such as theme parks, lodging such as hotels and resorts, and recreation such as tourist hotspots (Chan & Hsu, 2016). All of these appeal and attract the customers and people love all of these due to their social nature which results in the generation of the revenue and profits for the hospitality industry. However, in order to keep all of these running, a large amount of energy consumption is required. These include the use of water, electricity, and fossil fuels. This creates a decline in the availability of the resources for the people and moreover, it heavily affects the natural and local environment and to an extent, the flora and fauna inhabiting the environment due to the cause and effect relationship (Lin & Chen, 2018). This issue of excessive consumption of energy and its consequent impact on the environment can be effectively and safely mitigated through the use of alternate energy sources as well as reducing energy consumption. Using alternate energy sources such as the renewable energy sources can be used to generate electricity and energy for use in the hospitality industry. Moreover, the use of energy saving technology and consuming energy which is needed would be beneficial in reducing energy consumption by the hospitality industry (Barbier, 2002). This would effectively mitigate the declining availability of natural resources within the environment.
The above-written study critically analyzes and evaluates the three major impacts that are exerted by the hospitality industry on the environment and the respective strategies that could be used to mitigate the impacts made. It can be stated that due to the modernization and high-end goals and objectives of the hospitality industry, various impacts are being exerted on the environment. However, these impacts can be easily and successfully mitigated through simple and effective measures. The three major impacts of hospitality industry on the environment are destruction of the local and natural environment through accommodation, generation of unnecessary wastes, and excessive consumption of energy. However, all of these can be successfully mitigated through proper planning, establishment of strict rules, laws, and regulations, use of alternate energy sources as well as reducing energy consumption.