Tourist responses to climate change: Potential impacts and adaptation in Florida's coastal destinations

The findings suggest that seasonal and geographic shifts in tourism demand could be mitigated by the implementation of adaptation measures at the destination level

Roberta Atzori; Alan Fyall; Graham Miller

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • Florida, one of the world's most visited tourist destinations, holds one of the most vulnerable positions as a result of climate change
  • Tourists would switch time and place of visitation in a scenario of changed climate. Tourists would reconsider their intentions if adaptation measures were in place
  • In a scenario were beaches disappear and tropical diseases become more widespread, the majority of respondents stated they would choose a different destination. Respondents would reconsider their intentions if adaptation measures such as reduced prices, coastal habitat conservation and measures to protect beaches from erosion and coastal areas from inundation were in place
  • The findings suggest that seasonal and geographic shifts in tourism demand could be mitigated by the implementation of adaptation measures at the destination level
  • Dr Graham Miller is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at the University of Surrey, where he conducts research into business ethics, sustainable tourism and corporate social responsibility. He acts in an editorial capacity for several prestigious tourism journals and contributes his expertise to government bodies, trade associations and the UN

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