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

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Klint, Louise Munk, Jiang, Min, Law, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-1246-1301, DeLacy, Terry, Filep, Sebastian, Calgaro, Emma, 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)


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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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/21781
DOI 10.3727/154427312X13262430524225
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0501 Ecological Applications
Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Tourism and Services Research (CTSR)
Keywords ResPubID25759, Luganville, tourism destination region, DTDR, small island developing states territories, SIDST, expatriates, Ni-Vanuatu, stakeholders, communities, tourism sector, radiative
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