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Globalization and the Hospitality Industry. Hospitality trends and issues, with particular attention to cultural, socio-economic, geopolitical and environmental contexts are explored within a global context. As globalization provides both an opportunity and a threat for the tourism industry, the hospitality sector’s response to issues such as global crises, environmental concerns, global competition, market trends and product development will be explored. Hospitality management and operational issues in both the developed and developing world will be investigated.