Climate change-induced economic impacts on tourism destinations: The case of Australia

Pham, Tien Duc, Simmons, David Gerard and Spurr, Ray (2010) Climate change-induced economic impacts on tourism destinations: The case of Australia. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 18 3: 449-473. doi:10.1080/09669581003668532

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Author Pham, Tien Duc
Simmons, David Gerard
Spurr, Ray
Title Climate change-induced economic impacts on tourism destinations: The case of Australia
Journal name Journal of Sustainable Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-9582
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09669581003668532
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 449
End page 473
Total pages 25
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Although the economic impacts of climate change have been analysed in Australia at the national level, impacts of climate change via tourism activities have been overlooked. It is likely that the induced economic impact through tourism activities is much more than realised, particularly at the regional/destination level. This paper examines the economic flow-on effects of climate change on five selected Australian tourism destinations. While the flow-on effect of impacts on these five destinations is relatively insignificant at the national level, at the regional level the impacts can be very considerable, and those impacts vary widely between regions. In addition to general direct climate change impacts on the economies of these regions, the larger their tourism share, the severer the flow-on economic impacts involved. The paper raises concerns for policymakers that measuring economic impacts of climate change without considering its flow-on effect through tourism activities will significantly underestimate the total impact of climate change for destination regions. Further, when all tourism destinations are taken into account, the flow-on economic impact of climate change could be significant for the Australian economy as a whole. Analyses such as those reported here could form a basis for scenario examination for policy development. © 2010 Taylor & Francis
Keyword Climate change
Regional computable general equilibrium modelling
Economic modelling
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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