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1st Edition

Tourism, Climate Change and Sustainability

ISBN 9781849714228
Published September 6, 2012 by Routledge
304 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book addresses many of the key themes that are seen as challenges to achieve sustainability and to mitigate climate change impacts in the near future, in the tourism sector. In particular it focuses on the economic drivers for growth in tourism as they relate to sustainable development, low-carbon travel and climate change impacts. A major feature is the integration of climate change and sustainability challenges, rather than treating them separately or with sustainability as an add-on. 

The first group of chapters addresses conceptual issues concerning the relationships between sustainability, climate change and tourism. The second section considers regional, national and international responses and initiatives, including those of agencies such as UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and the UK’s South West Tourism. The third part provides a range of investigative research, including topics such as air travel and coral reef tourism, and case studies from locations such as southern Africa, Scandinavia and the Pacific islands. Other research dimensions discussed in the book are drawn from Brazil, Hawaii, England, Australia and New Zealand. Overall, the book focuses on some of the most crucial challenges facing tourism in developed and developing countries.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Luigi Cabrini, UN World Tourism Organization 

Part I: Sustainability, Climate Change and Tourism: Conceptual Issues 

1. Tourism and Sustainability: Transition to a Green Economy 

Maharaj Vijay Reddy and Keith Wilkes 

2. Social Representations of Climate Change: Exploring the Perceived Links between Climate Change, the Drive for Sustainability and Tourism 

Gianna Moscardo 

3. Facilitating Sustainable Innovations for SMEs in the Tourism Industry: Identifying Factors of Success and Barriers to Adoption in Australia 

Robyn Bushell and Bruce Simmons 

4. Tourism Industry Responses to Climate Change in Hawaii: An Exploratory Analysis of Knowledge and Responses 

Shelly Rowell and Harold Richins 

Part II: Responses and Initiatives of Regional, National and International Agencies 

5. Sustainable Tourism Development and Climate Change: Opportunities in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves 

Natarajan Ishwaran 

6. Interpreting Climate Projections for Tourism Planning in South-West England 

Emma Whittlesea and Bas Amelung 

7 Climate Change Policy Responses of Australian and New Zealand National Governments: Implications for Sustainable Tourism 

Nadine Elizabeth White and Jeremy Buultjens 

8. Key Players in the Environmental Performance of Tourism Enterprises 

David Leslie 

Part III: Emerging Techniques and Research Implications 

9. Tourism Sensitivity to Climate Change Mitigation Policies: Lessons from Recent Surveys 

Ghislain Dubois, Jean-Paul Ceron and Paul Peeters 

10. The Importance of Visitor Perceptions in Estimating how Climate Change will Affect Future Tourist Flows to the Great Barrier Reef 

Marine Ramis and Bruce Prideaux 

11. Tourism Adaptation to Climate Change in the South Pacific 

Min Jiang, Terry Delacy, Louise Munk Klint and Emma Wong 

12. Scenarios of Climate Change and Impacts on Brazilian Tourism: A Case Study of the Brazilian North Coast Tourism Region 

Gilson Zehetmeyer Borda, Elimar Pinheiro Do Nascimento, Helena Araújo Costa, João Paulo Faria Tasso and Leticia Ramos 

13. The Role of Climate Change in Tourism Development Strategies: A Sustainability Perspective In Tourism Strategies in the Nordic Countries 

Kaarina Tervo-Kankare and Jarkko Saarinen 

14. Tourism and Climate Change in Southern Africa: Sustainability and Perceived Impacts and Adaptation Strategies of the Tourism Industry to Changing Climate and Environment in Botswana 

Jarkko Saarinen, Wame Hambira, Julius Atlhopheng and Haretsebe Manwa 

15. Contradictions in Climate Concern: Performances at Home and Away 

Scott A. Cohen and James E. S. Higham 


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Maharaj Vijay Reddy is senior lecturer in tourism at Bournemouth University, UK. 

Keith Wilkes is the Dean of the School of Services Management, Bournemouth University, UK.