Caribbean tourism looking for climate proof industry

Published on : Saturday, July 1, 2017

Caribbean tourismCurrently, the tourism industry has become a major economic driver. Simultaneously, it’s one of the largest job providers in the Caribbean after the public sector. Last year, Caribbean tourism broke new ground exceeding 29 million arrivals for the first time in the history and once again increasing rapidly than the global average.

Side by side, visitor expenditures also hit fresh new heights, growing by an estimated 3.5 percent in order to reach 35.5 billion dollars. Therefore, the outlook for this year remains rosy, with expected increases of 2.5 and 3.5 percent in terms of long-stay arrivals and between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent in cruise passenger arrivals.

However, tourism officials are of the opinion that Caribbean islands are majorly affected by radical changes in terms of weather conditions. They also fear climate change has the possibility in devastating the impact on the industry.

They have also highlighted that the tourism sector of Caribbean undergoes significant future threats connected to both competitiveness and results caused by climate change. Caribbean tourism heavily dependent on coastal- and marine-related tourism attractions, adaptation and pliability are critical issues that the sector is facing as of now..

To quote Dominican Senator Francine Baron, ‘The impact of more severe hurricanes and the destruction of our most valued tourism assets, our beaches and coral reefs, and the damage to our infrastructure threaten to reverse the developmental gains that we have made. Our efforts to attain the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations cannot be achieved without dealing with the causes of climate change.’


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