Published on : Monday, January 9, 2017
Climate change is a rising concern for the tourism industry. Since tourism relies on a stable climate, a slight change in climate can incur major losses. Extreme weather has the ability to wreck havoc on travel industry.
We still may avoid the worst results if we get our act together, but significant damage has already been done to forecast unpredictable weather into the foreseeable future. Global warming might be okay for some destinations for a while, but the overall effects will not turn out to be beneficial. California’s Lake Tahoe region is an example of how climate change is already having an impact on tourism.
Lack of snowfall has led to low attendance at several ski resorts, which in turn has harmed restaurants, hotels and other businesses. This has given rise to concerns that the ski industry might not be sustainable in the Sierras as the weather becomes more unpredictable. Businesses in tropics might also suffer.
Rising sea levels also affects business of tourism. Tourism is responsible for about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a United Nations report (PDF) on climate change and tourism. A vast majority of these emissions come from getting tourists to and from their destinations.