Relationship between tourism demand in the Swiss Alps and hot summer air temperatures associated with climate change

Our results reveal significant correlations between the number of nights spent in mountain resorts and hot temperatures at lower elevations

G. Serquet

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • The Swiss Alps are a traditional destination for tourism, an important component of the Swiss economy
  • Our results show that there is an impact of high temperature values at lower elevation on the number of overnight stays made by domestic tourists in the Swiss Alps: 24 resorts revealed a correlation between the number of hot days at lower elevation and the number of overnight stays in the mountains
  • Our results demonstrate a correlation between domestic tourist demand and hot summer temperatures in the Swiss Alps
  • During June and, to a lesser extent, August, there is a correlation between the number of nights spent in mountain resorts and hot temperatures at lower elevations, the origin of most domestic tourists
  • Alpine resorts nearest to major cities had stronger correlations with hot summer temperatures, and this may be because reactions to hot episodes take place on a short-term basis, with the result that nearby mountain resorts are chosen
  • The results of the multiple regression analysis show that there is no significant correlation between the distance and the mean length of stay in JJA
  • If heat waves increase in frequency and intensity, it is possible that domestic tourists will choose to go to mountain resorts more frequently or for longer periods
  • The observed patterns may affect tourists from larger areas if the summer heat experienced in 2003 or 2006 becomes more frequent

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