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Managing Cultural Diversity in Peripheral Tourism Destinations: Northern Ireland Experiences

Devine, Frances, Baum, Tom, Devine, Adrian and Hearns, Niamh (2006) Managing Cultural Diversity in Peripheral Tourism Destinations: Northern Ireland Experiences. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference, Belfast. British Academy of Management. 6 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Cultural diversity is an increasingly important factor in working life as hospitality and tourism organisations, worldwide, become more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin and other personal characteristics of their members. Notably, the flow of migrants to peripheral regions of Europe has extended to Northern Ireland. Jarman (2004) estimates some 14,000 non-United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland nationals working in 2001. The retention and skills shortages of the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland are significant factors in facilitating this increase. In the context of this paper, international workers could be an invaluable new source of labour for the hospitality industry, provided that they are properly looked after and managed. Employers face many challenges in accommodating this workforce as these employees in turn have distinct work and life expectations. This exploratory paper draws on information received from hospitality employers in Northern Ireland through a serious of in-depth interviews. In particular, the research centres on the question ‘what opportunities and challenges does a culturally diverse workforce create for hoteliers in Northern Ireland? The paper highlights the over arching importance of a positive proactive management system is a workplace that celebrates its employee’s cultures, that values and explores differences and that actively seeks to learn from other cultures, demonstrates tolerance, respects differences, identifies similarities and strives for inclusiveness. This exploratory study is of value to hospitality practitioners, providing recommendations on how to remove barriers to the successful integration of international staff into the workplace and society whilst benefiting all staff, their organisations and the Irish tourism product.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Keywords:Cultural diversity, Hospitality management, International workers, multiculturalism;peripheral regions, migration, Northern Ireland.
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ulster Business School
ID Code:33419
Deposited By: Mrs Frances Devine
Deposited On:04 Mar 2016 10:55
Last Modified:04 Mar 2016 10:55

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