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Dive tourism in Luganville, Vanuatu: shocks, stressors and vulnerability to climate change

Klint, Louise Munk and Jiang, Min and Law, Alexandra and DeLacy, Terry and Filep, Sebastian and Calgaro, Emma and Dominey-Howes, Dale and Harrison, David (2012) Dive tourism in Luganville, Vanuatu: shocks, stressors and vulnerability to climate change. Tourism in Marine Environments, 8 (1/2). pp. 91-109. ISSN 1544-273X (print) 2169-0197 (online)

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Abstract

Luganville is a developing dive tourism destination region (DTDR) in Vanuatu, which relies on tourism. This article reports on the shocks and stressors faced by Luganville’s dive tourism sector and climate change’s exacerbation of these. The study’s methodology was based on rapid rural appraisal and case study principles, involving methods of semistructured interviews, group discussions, and personal observations. Data were analyzed using a thematic analysis approach. Key shocks identified include cyclones, earthquakes, effect on demand due to media footage, and changes to international flights. Main stressors were starfish outbreaks and environmental degradation. Unlike the indigenous communities, expatriates show little concern for the potential impact of climate change, presenting response challenges that must incorporate different perspectives to develop effective adaptation options. Special Issue : scuba diving tourism

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID25759, Luganville, tourism destination region, DTDR, small island developing states territories, SIDST, expatriates, Ni-Vanuatu, stakeholders, communities, tourism sector, radiative
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0501 Ecological Applications
FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Tourism and Services Research (CTSR)
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 23:29
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 05:42
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/21781
DOI: 10.3727/154427312X13262430524225
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