Can sustainable tourism survive climate change?

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Title Can sustainable tourism survive climate change?
Author Weaver, David Bruce
Journal Name Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This opinion piece contends that tourism's expanding engagement with climate change, as it is currently unfolding, is not necessarily conducive to the interests of tourism sustainability. Inherent unpredictability, long-term timeframes, lack of directly tangible consequences or clearly identifiable villains, issues with credibility and vested interests and cost implications in an era of chronic economic uncertainty all combine to increase the likelihood of unsuccessful climate change policies and strategies. Additional complications arise within the tourism sector from the rudimentary state of knowledge about the relationships between the tourism and climate change, an apathetic and fickle travelling public and a reciprocally uncommitted tourism industry. I argue that adaptation is a rational business response to climate change that is not directly related to environmental and sociocultural sustainability, and that mitigation measures should be supported to the extent that they yield practical and tangible short- and medium-term benefits and address local sustainability issues such as air quality and biodiversity protection.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2010.536242
Volume 19
Issue Number 1
Page from 5
Page to 15
ISSN 0966-9582
Date Accessioned 2011-06-01
Date Available 2011-09-05T06:47:29Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Tourism Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40609
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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