Climate Change and Tourism

The fast speed of climate ‎change is taking place on our ‎planet, together with the impacts that such ‎changes are having on the natural environment, on ‎humans and their ‎economic activities. For tourism, climate change is not a remote event, but a phenomenon ‎that already affects the ‎sector especially ‎mountain regions and coastal destinations.

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The impacts of climate change

Climate is an essential resource for tourism and it is especially for the ‎beach, nature and winter ‎sport tourism sectors. Changed in climate and ‎weather patterns at tourist destinations and ‎tourist generating countries ‎can significantly affect the tourists’ comfort and their travel ‎decisions. This results into changed in demand pattern and tourist flows which ultimately negatively impact on tourism ‎businesses ‎and host communities. Further, small developing countries like Nepal, where tourism is a major ‎economic activity, any ‎significant reduction in tourist arrivals will have ‎serious employment impacts and generate ‎further poverty.‎ ‎

Smart address 

Whether it is state or non-state actors involved in tourism industry, if research on exploring the ‎complex reciprocal nexus ‎between the tourism sector and climate change could yield smart solution. There is a wide acknowledgment of the urgent need for the tourism ‎industry to develop ‎and implement strategies to face the ‎changing climate conditions and to ‎take preemptive actions for future effects, as well as to ‎mitigate tourism’s ‎environmental impacts contributing to climate change.


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