Published on : Saturday, January 7, 2017
Compared to other industries, tourism relies on stable climate, whether it is attracting customers to beautiful lakes, bountiful beaches or majestic mountains. But scientific studies show that climate change is causing unpredictable variations in weather conditions and adversely affecting tourism. The tourism industry is at the same time a victim and contributor to global warming. Changing climate has resulted in low attendance in many renowned tourist spots and at the same time affected business in hotels and other businesses.
This uncertainty in climate is making it harder for the tourism industry to plan in advance. Even tourism businesses that benefit from warm weather could suffer from a warming planet. Then there is the threat of rising sea levels, as a result of which many tourists are cancelling island and sea destinations. This is a serious threat to the tourism industry and the economy overall.
Tourism is also responsible for about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. A big chunk of these emissions come from vehicles used for tourism – getting tourists to and from their destinations. 20% more comes from the accommodation sector, which involves heating, air conditioning and maintaining bars, restaurants and pools. However, the aviation industry is working on cleaning up its pollution levels and using fuel efficient technologies.