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Using a Regional Tourism Adaptation Framework to Determine Climate Change Adaptation Options for Victoria's Surf Coast


Objectives

The aim of this paper was to consider the potential climate change adaptation approaches that may be suitable for regional tourist destinations, using a case study of the Surf Coast, Victoria. The paper also provides details of a framework designed in an earlier paper (See Jopp, DeLacy and Mair 2010) to help regional tourist destinations to understand and assess their levels of vulnerability and resilience to climate change.

Keywords

climate change, adaptation framework, regional tourism destinations

Key findings

  • The most likely climate change impacts for the Surf Coast are bushfire, storm surge, coastal erosion, changes in tourist behaviour, sea level rise
  • The adaptation strategies proposed include designing early warning systems for residents, business and visitors; the construction of sea walls and improved weather monitoring and communication
  • Opportunities for regional tourist destinations that might arise from climate change include capitalising on the ‘green’ or environmentally aware tourist market segment, taking the opportunity to take market share from other coastal destinations more seriously affected by climate change and decreasing seasonality by extending the visitor seasons outside the traditional peak periods.

 

Implications for Practice

Adaptation to climate change is important for both minimising risk and capitalising on opportunities
For the Surf Coast, and other tourist destinations, preparing for climate change risk by assessing vulnerability and resilience (such as was done in this research) will help practitioners to improve their preparedness for and management of the consequences of climate change
The model used in this study (The Regional Tourism Adaptation Framework) is a tool that allows destinations and tourism practitioners to understand their own particular climate change risks and opportunities.

 

Publication details:

 

Publication Title:

 

Using a Regional Tourism Adaptation
Framework to Determine Climate Change
Adaptation Options for Victoria's Surf Coast

Full Publication Reference:

Ryan Jopp , Terry DeLacy , Judith Mair & Martin Fluker (2013) Using a Regional Tourism Adaptation Framework to Determine Climate Change Adaptation Options for Victoria's Surf Coast, Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 18:1-2, 144-164, DOI: 10.1080/10941665.2012.688515

Publication Author or Authors:

Ryan Jopp, Terry DeLacy, Judith Mair, Martin Fluker

Proposed by

Name:

Dr Judith Mair

Phone:

+617 3346 7947

Email: 

j.mair@uq.edu.au

Position:

Senior Lecturer

Employer

University of Queensland