Empirical application of the green hotel rating

Her Jiun Sheu*, Jin-Li Hu, Hwai Shuh Shieh

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The paper is based on the general conceptual framework of the green hotel rating system Shieh et al. proposed in 2012. We apply this conceptual framework to compare 7 well-known green hotel rating programs, including Green Leaf in North America; Green Seal in the US, Canada's Green Key, the EU's Eco-label and Green Key, Britain's Green Tourism Business Scheme, China's Green Hotel Standard, and LEED. This study finds all 7 green hotel rating programs to date are voluntary, meaning that they are not imposed on tourism businesses by the government or in any other way. Besides, almost all of these 7 rating programs currently have no clear criteria for evaluation to emphasize the ecological conservation dimension, especially in non-ionizing radiation (environmental protection); wildlife conservation, wildlife habitat protection and biodiversity (natural conservation); and ecological engineering method (building infrastructure).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-583
Number of pages10
JournalActual Problems of Economics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2 Oct 2012


  • Building infrastructure
  • Conceptual framework
  • Environmental protection
  • Green hotel
  • Green hotel rating program
  • Natural conservation

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