Climate change and rainforest tourism in Australia

Turton, Stephen M. (2014) Climate change and rainforest tourism in Australia. In: Prideaux, Bruce, (ed.) Rainforest Tourism, Conservation and Management: challenges for sustainable development. Routledge, New York, NY, USA, pp. 70-86.

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[Extract] Diverse natural attractions, including spectacular scenery, ancient indigenous culture and unique flora and fauna, make Australia one of the leading providers of nature-based tourism in the world, attracting over 3.1 million international visitors in 2009 and many more domestic visitors (Tourism Research Australia, 2010). Moreover, Australia's national parks and protected areas are the basis for nature-based tourism experiences that underpin Australia's $95 billion tourism industry (Tourism Research Australia, 2012).

As climate defines the length and quality of tourism seasons, affects tourism operations and influences environmental conditions that both attract and deter visitors, the tourism sector is considered to be highly climate-sensitive (Becken and Hay, 2007; Turton et al., 2009; Pang et al., 2013). Anthropogenic climate change is likely to result in both positive and negative impacts on tourism at international tourism destinations over coming decades (Becken and Hay, 2007; Pang et al., 2013). Globally, Australia is considered among the most at risk of adverse impacts on the sector, especially the nature-based market, due to the climatically sensitive nature of many of the country's iconic tourist destinations, including the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park and Queensland's Wet Tropics rainforests (Turton et al., 2010; Ruhanen and Shakeela, 2013).

Item ID: 37754
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-63582-0
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 06:51
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 25%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 25%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas > 961306 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 50%
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