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Tourism and Climate Change
Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation

ISBN 9780415668866
Published May 17, 2012 by Routledge
464 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Climate change is the single most important global environmental and development issue facing the world today and has emerged as a major topic in tourism studies. Climate change is already affecting the tourism industry and is anticipated to have profound implications for tourism in the twenty-first century, including consumer holiday choices, the geographic patterns of tourism demand, the competitiveness and sustainability of destinations and the contribution of tourism to international development.

Tourism and Climate Change: Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of climate change and tourism at the tourist, enterprise, destination and global scales. Major themes include the implications of climate change and climate policy for tourism sectors and destinations around the world, tourist perceptions of climate change impacts, tourism’s global contribution to climate change, adaptation and mitigation responses by all major tourism stakeholders, and the integral links between climate change and sustainable tourism. It combines a thorough scientific assessment of the climate-tourism interrelationships with discussion of emerging mitigation and adaptation practice, showcasing international examples throughout the tourism sector as well as actions by other sectors that will have important implications for tourism.

Written by three leading academics in this field, this critical contribution highlights the challenges of climate change within the tourism community and provides a foundation for decision making for both reducing the risks, and taking advantage of the opportunities, associated with climate change. This comprehensive discussion of the complexities of climate change and tourism is essential reading for students, academics, business leaders and government policy makers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Why is Climate Important for Tourism? The Tourism and Climate Interface  3. Growth in Tourism, Mobility and Emissions of Greenhouse Gases  4. Carbon Management: Climate Change Mitigation in the Tourism Sector  5. Climate Change Impacts on Destinations  6. Government, Industry and Destination Adaptation to Climate Change  7. Consumer Behaviour and Tourism Demand Response to Climate Change  8. Conclusion

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Daniel Scott is a Canada Research Chair in Global Change and Tourism at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

C. Michael Hall is a Professor in the Department of Management, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Docent in the Department of Geography, University of Oulu; and a Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University, UK and Linneaus University, Sweden.

Stefan Gössling is a Professor at the Department of Service Management, Lund University and the School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, both Sweden. He is also research coordinator at the Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism, Western Norway Research Institute.