“When Castro seized the Hilton: risk and crisis management lessons from the past”

Paraskevas, Alexandros ORCID: 0000-0003-1556-5293 and Quek, Mary (2018) “When Castro seized the Hilton: risk and crisis management lessons from the past”. Tourism Management, 70 (2). pp. 419-429. ISSN 0261-5177

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Abstract

Studies on crisis management in tourism have made valuable contributions to the sector in terms of ‘lessons learned’, offering contextualisation, analysis and synthesis of factors that influenced the development of the crisis and the organisational or destination response. Very few, however, provide information on how tourism organisations attempt to manage risk proactively and how they manage a crisis reactively. Using information from multiple sources and archival material from Hilton Hotels, this study identifies associations between the company’s actions in the 1950s before the Havana Hilton’s nationalisation by Castro and modern-day principles and concepts of risk and crisis management. The chronicling of the organisation's proactive actions and reactive response to that crisis richly illustrates the contemporary concept of ‘organisational resilience’ in practice. Based on this analysis, the study proposes a five-stage resilience management framework for tourism organisations which distinguishes risk from crisis management and identifies specific activities within each stage.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business history; Crisis management; Cuban revolution; Havana Hilton; Resilience; Risk intelligence; Risk management
Subjects: Business and finance > Business and management
Hospitality and tourism > Hospitality
Hospitality and tourism > Hospitality > Risk and reputation management
Hospitality and tourism
Business and finance
Depositing User: Alexandros Paraskevas
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 13:07
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 14:50
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5493

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