Tourism industry needs to think about climate change

Published on : Friday, November 3, 2017

Hands touching a globeTourism is a huge contributor to climate change; however, it appears that there’s not much being done by the industry to address such issues.

“What we found is that they’re not recognising that tourism contributes to climate change. They see it more of an issue they have to address, as opposed to something that tourism contributes to,” Char-lee Moyle from the Queensland University of Technology said.

Moyle and a group of co-authors examined 477 government tourism policy and planning documents that were published over a 15-year period.

Moyle and her co-authors failed to understand why climate change issues had been omitted, or lacked such detail in the tourism policies.

Moyle said, “Often though it would not relate into action, they would just say it’s an issue. But it certainly became more prevalent.”

Moyle is also working on a study about international perceptions of the Great Barrier Reef and the phenomenon of “last chance tourism,” in which tourists travel to natural wonders which they fear will disappear soon.


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