Langkawi Tourism and Hospitality International Conference (LTHIC 2020)
Guest Editor Prof. Dr. Azilah Bt Kasim
Co-Guest Editors Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rozila Ahmad and Dr. Eshaby binti Mustafa
The issue of sustainability has never been more relevant than today as many negative environmental impacts such as pollution of natural resources and large carbon footprints are becoming more pronounced. This is attributed to the activities and greed of humans who do not appreciate the natural environment. It is therefore critical for aspects that are directly or indirectly related to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be discussed by academics as well as the industry. Held virtually on 27-28 September 2020, Langkawi Tourism and Hospitality International Conference (LTHIC 2020) was organised by Universiti Utara Malaysia’s School of Education’s (SOE) Langkawi International Tourism and Hospitality (LITH) Research Centre dan School of Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management’s (STHEM) Event Management Research Unit (EMRU), with the collaboration of Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia. The conference has several goals, namely as a platform for the development of new ideas as well as knowledge sharing on sustainable development from local and foreign experts in related fields. The conference also provided an opportunity for academics, industry activists, postgraduate students, and stakeholders to exchange views and discuss the salient and insightful points raised on the sustainability of the tourism and hospitality industry. Originally planned to be held in Langkawi, Kedah, the conference was finally held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This conference was participated by academics from various local and overseas institutions including Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Mataram, University of Baltistan, Skardu, University of Santo Tomas, Universitas Negeri Padang, Politeknik Pariwisata Palembang, Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University, Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin as well as staff and students of Universiti Utara Malaysia. The conference produced 30 full papers that have been published in this journal.