An Empirical Study of Environmental Practices and Employee Ecological Behavior in the Hotel Industry

Eric Siu Wa Chan, Hiu Ying Hon, Fevzi Okumus, Wai Hung Chan

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This study examines the relationships among environmental knowledge, environmental awareness, environmental concern, and employee ecological behavior to implement green practices across the hotel industry. Structural equation modeling with a bootstrapping estimation was used with 385 employees from international tourist hotels in Hong Kong. The results show that environmental knowledge positively influences environmental concern and ecological behavior. In addition, employee environmental awareness mediates the relationship between environmental knowledge and concern, while both environmental awareness and concern appear to mediate the relationship between environmental knowledge and ecological behavior. The theoretical and practical implications of study results are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-608
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • ecological behavior
  • environmental practices
  • hotel employees
  • knowledge
  • SEM
  • structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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