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Chapter 11 Climate Change

DOI: 10.23912/9781911396437-3641

ISBN: 9781911396437

Published: November 2017

Component type: chapter

Published in: Geography of Tourism

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911396437-3402



Climate change poses a major threat to almost all forms of human activity on earth, including tourism. As Holden (2016: 227) argues: Of all the challenges facing tourism’s relationship with nature, it is not an exaggeration to state that climate change represents the greatest. Holden gives as his rationale for this statement that it is the stability and predictability of climate that is vital for the environments and ecosystems that are required for the continuation of current types of tourism, whether these are the traditional form of mass tourism, in terms of ‘sun, sea and sand’ holidays, or a niche activity which involves visiting a tropical rain forest with rare flora and fauna as the main attraction. Climate change also presents opportunities for tourism. If areas currently experiencing cool winters and mild summers get warmer, then new types of tourism may be possible including beach-based holidays where at present these are of little importance. Climate change is likely to lead to modifications in the weather at different times of the year so ‘seasonality’ which is currently a very important dimension to many forms of tourism will be affected, probably to the extent that seasons when there is high tourism activity will get longer in some parts of the world. Although tourism is likely to be significantly affected by climate change, it has also contributed to climate change through for example the burning of fossil fuels in transport for tourism as well through the use of power in hotel accommodation.

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  • Peter Mason, London South Bank University; Ecole Superieure Hotellerie (Author)

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Mason, P. (2017) "Chapter 11 Climate Change" In: Mason, P. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911396437-3641


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