3D printing in tourism: an answer to sustainability challenges?

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Abstract

Purpose: The paper aims to explore the potential for using 3D printing technology as a more sustainable tool in various areas of the tourism and hospitality industry in Cyprus. Design/methodology/approach: For the purpose of this study, qualitative research was conducted to explore the potential for 3D printing technology deployment in Cyprus and specifically in tourism and hospitality settings. Interviews were conducted with industry professionals and practitioners using a snowball sampling method. Findings: The tourism and hospitality industry currently uses 3D printing technology mainly to assist with the restoration of cultural heritage, sites but there is significant potential to implement 3D printing more widely in support of other building work, souvenirs and food items. Originality/value: The paper explores current applications and the wider potential for using 3D technology in building, restoration of cultural heritage, souvenirs and food-related printing that together could contribute to a more sustainable tourism and hospitality industry in Cyprus.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)773-788
Number of pages16
JournalWorldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes
Volume13
Issue number6
Early online date20 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • tourism
  • sustainability
  • cultural heritage
  • additive manufacturing

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