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Preparing for a rainy day Climate change and sustainable tourism in Caribbean small island developing states

Preparing for a rainy day Climate change and sustainable tourism in Caribbean small island... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explain the vital economic role of the travel and tourism industry in the Caribbean. Design/methodology/approach – This paper reviews the literature on climate change impacts in small island developing states. Two key challenges to the development of a sustainable tourism industry in the region are discussed: managing tourism development within the socio‐cultural, ecological carrying capacity of the region and anticipating and adapting to the impacts of climate change on the Caribbean. Findings – Climate change has significant implications for both rainfall and saline intrusion in ground water, which could directly threaten both the tourism industry and other local livelihoods. Water shortages will be particularly critical in the Caribbean islands that are already water‐stressed; at or near the limits of their available supplies. Originality/value – This paper focuses particularly on the impact of hurricanes on the sustainability of regional tourism and the related socioeconomic consequences. Provides policy recommendations on the way forward to ensure the sustainable development of Caribbean region tourism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes Emerald Publishing

Preparing for a rainy day Climate change and sustainable tourism in Caribbean small island developing states

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes , Volume 1 (3): 21 – Aug 7, 2009

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1755-4217
DOI
10.1108/17554210910980585
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explain the vital economic role of the travel and tourism industry in the Caribbean. Design/methodology/approach – This paper reviews the literature on climate change impacts in small island developing states. Two key challenges to the development of a sustainable tourism industry in the region are discussed: managing tourism development within the socio‐cultural, ecological carrying capacity of the region and anticipating and adapting to the impacts of climate change on the Caribbean. Findings – Climate change has significant implications for both rainfall and saline intrusion in ground water, which could directly threaten both the tourism industry and other local livelihoods. Water shortages will be particularly critical in the Caribbean islands that are already water‐stressed; at or near the limits of their available supplies. Originality/value – This paper focuses particularly on the impact of hurricanes on the sustainability of regional tourism and the related socioeconomic consequences. Provides policy recommendations on the way forward to ensure the sustainable development of Caribbean region tourism.

Journal

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism ThemesEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 7, 2009

Keywords: Economic growth; Climatology; Ecology; Sustainable development; Tourism development

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