The Good Company: Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism, and Wine

  • 4h 4m
  • Heather Dawn Gordy, Pamela Lanier, Robert H. Girling
  • Business Expert Press
  • 2016

The Good Company tells the stories of over 30 inspiring companies around the world that are among the ethical leaders in the industry. The broad positive message is encouraging and enervating; each of the companies seeks to live up to the highest standard. The authors tell the steps they have taken and what has motivated them or enabled them to pursue such noble aims.

This book includes case studies from of hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, agri-tourism, wineries and much more. Throughout the book, the authors address a variety of questions innovators and entrepreneurs have and note the lessons these companies can teach to those who want to build sustainable businesses that address the world’s social and environmental problems.

About the Authors

Robert H. Girling is a professor in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, where he teaches courses in leading sustainable enterprises. He received his PhD from Stanford University.

Heather Gordy is the founder of Healing Water Journeys, a sustainable tour company which focuses on exploring hot springs, nature, and local holistic practices around the world. She has an MS degree in recreation from San Francisco State University.

Pamela Lanier is the author of 15 travel titles, the founder of Bed and Breakfasts Inns and Guest Houses International, and the network. Pamela is the founder of, a one-stop resource for ecotravel news, lodgings, and more.

In this Book

  • The Good Company─Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism, and Wine
  • Preface
  • Leading the Good Company in the Hospitality, Tourism, and Wine Industries
  • The Hospitality Industry and the Rise of Sustainable Tourism
  • Caring for the Planet─Environmental Issues
  • Caring for the Community
  • Caring for Employees
  • Hotels, Eco-resorts and Cruise Ships—Introduction
  • What Asian Hotels Are Doing
  • Scandic Hotels
  • Kimpton Hotels─Balancing Strategy and Environmental Sustainability
  • Boutique Hotel Stadthalle
  • Can Eco-standards and Certification
  • Camp Denali Wilderness Lodge, Alaska
  • Concordia Eco-Resort, St John, Virgin Islands
  • Guludo Beach Resort, Mozambique
  • Protecting Our Oceans: Sustainability at Holland America Line
  • Tour Operators and Destinations—Introduction
  • Sustainable Travel for Social Good─The Altruvistas Journeys Model
  • G Adventures
  • What Exactly Is an ‘‘Ethical Destination’’?
  • Wine Tourism
  • Grgich Hills Estate in California’s Napa Valley─Leaders in Organic Winemaking
  • California’s Sonoma County: Benziger Winery
  • Franschhoek Valley, South Africa─La Motte Wine Estate
  • France’s Bordeaux Region: Chateau Feely
  • Niche Tourism─Agritourism, Voluntourism, and Adventure Tourism
  • Agritourism
  • Voluntourism
  • WWOOF─Sustainable Travel Meets Sustainable Food
  • Adventure Tourism
  • Chongwe Safaris
  • Certification