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Greening exhibition events in China: beyond sustainability into regeneration

Greening exhibition events in China: beyond sustainability into regeneration

Ong, Faith ORCID: 0000-0002-4835-0881, Qi, Hongxia, Yu, Nanyi and Ye, Isabella Qing ORCID: 0000-0002-4835-0881 (2022) Greening exhibition events in China: beyond sustainability into regeneration. Event Management, 26 (4). pp. 813-829. ISSN 1525-9951 (Print), 1943-4308 (Online) (doi:

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As business events flourish in diverse markets, the emphasis on experience needs to be tempered with sustainable operations. Through interviews with exhibition events sector stakeholders, this research examines the adoption of green practices in the Chinese context. The study adopts a stakeholder perspective to examine the multiple relationships that influence the choice and implementation of green practices in the exhibition events sector, examining motivations and barriers to the adoption of these practices. Leveraging on the regenerative paradigm, which positions sustainability as an acceptable but insufficient course of action for a long-term future, the study delves into the sector’s receptivity toward regenerative practices as a radical improvement of green practices. The findings suggest that the challenge to innovate in green practices into the realm of regeneration is firmly considered a government-level directive. Moreover, there remains a lack of whole-of-place perspective in the current green practices, which is contrary to the regenerative paradigm. By extending the study beyond sustainability into regeneration, this research contributes to the literature on event management and its environmental impacts, challenging the exhibition events sector to adopt green practices that not only mitigate but actively remediate their impacts on the world they operate in.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: China; business events; exhibitions; green practices; regeneration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 12:11

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