Climate change as a major crisis event: implications for a tropical nature based destination

Prideaux, Bruce (2014) Climate change as a major crisis event: implications for a tropical nature based destination. In: World Tourism Organization, , (ed.) Responding to Climate Change: tourism initiatives in Asia and the Pacific. World Tourism Organization, Madrid, Spain, pp. 181-188.

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[Extract] In recent years there has been growing interest in the impact of crisis and disaster events on the tourism industry. To date, the tourism literature has mainly focused on short term shocks, generated by factors that may impact at destination, national or international levels. Examples of recent shocks that were both destination and country wide in scale include the 2011 Bangkok floods and the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States of America and the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) are examples of global scale shocks. Dealing with events of this nature, scale and duration is relatively well understood.1 However, dealing with emerging events such as climate change and peak oil,2 which will cause global scale disruptions over a prolonged period of time, will require a new suite of response strategies.

Climate change is an example of an event that is far larger in extent, time, geographic scale and economic cost than the events mentioned above. In dealing with long term disruptions such as climate change, destinations will need to continually re-evaluate their product mix to ensure they remain competitive. For nature based destinations the problem may be even more complex as their key natural resources undergo modification. To respond, destinations will need to adopt adaptation strategies based on models of the type proposed in this chapter.

Item ID: 38755
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-92-844-1619-6
Date Deposited: 28 May 2015 00:12
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