The interface between hospitality and tourism entrepreneurship, integration and well-being: A study of refugee entrepreneurs


ALRAWADIEH Z., Altinay L., Cetin G., Simsek D.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, vol.97, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 97
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijhm.2021.103013
  • Journal Name: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, CAB Abstracts, Hospitality & Tourism Complete, Hospitality & Tourism Index, Psycinfo, Veterinary Science Database
  • Keywords: Hospitality entrepreneurship, Refugee entrepreneurship, Small tourism businesses, Integration, Well-being, Syrian refugees, EMPIRICAL-EVIDENCE, SYRIAN REFUGEES, PERFORMANCE, CRISIS, DETERMINANTS, SATISFACTION, EXPERIENCES, DESTINATION, INCLUSION, IMPACTS
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Previous hospitality and tourism entrepreneurship research has emphasized the economic and financial outcomes of entrepreneurship whilst paying less attention to social outcomes. Specifically, minimal academic attention, both in mainstream entrepreneurship research and hospitality and tourism scholarship, has been paid to entrepreneurship as a means to facilitate the integration of refugees and enhance their well-being. To address this gap, this study aims to showcase how entrepreneurial activities in the hospitality and tourism industry contribute to the integration and subjective well-being of entrepreneurs. Drawing on data collected through 38 semi-structured interviews with Syrian refugee entrepreneurs in Turkey and the UK, the findings reveal that several factors influence the contribution of entrepreneurial activities to the integration of entrepreneurs and their families within the host society. Entrepreneurial activities also appear to have positive spillover effects on subjective well-being. This paper offers new insights into the social outcomes of hospitality and tourism entrepreneurship by conceptualizing and empirically supporting the relationship between hospitality entrepreneurship, integration and well-being.