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
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
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