Small firms and sustainable tourism policy

Exploring moral framing

Authored by: Rhodri Thomas

The Routledge Handbook of Tourism and Sustainability

Print publication date:  February  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415662482
eBook ISBN: 9780203072332
Adobe ISBN: 9781135099145


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Small firms Official definitions vary by country and, in some cases, by sector within the same country. Most official definitions use numerical categories relating to number of employees and/or turnover. In the United States, for example, to qualify as a small guesthouse or restaurant, the business would have to have a turnover of less than $7m ($30m for a small hotel). The Australian Bureau of Statistics, by contrast, states that trading organisations with up to 19 employees are small; in Europe, a small firm is usually defined as one that employs between 10 and 49 employees. A key characteristic of a small firm for the purposes of this chapter is that it is managed by the owner of the business.

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