Moving beyond impacts: Placing adaptation and resilience at the forefront of tourism development strategies

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Calgaro, Emma, DeLacy, Terry, Jiang, Min and Jopp, Ryan (2011) Moving beyond impacts: Placing adaptation and resilience at the forefront of tourism development strategies. In: 2010 International Climate Change Adaptation Conference: Climate Adaptation Futures : preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, 29 June - 1 July 2010, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia. (Unpublished)


A rising concern about the severity and impact of natural hazards and global environmental change on tourism destinations only add another layer to the growing debate in tourism circles over suitable solutions in dealing with multiple shocks and stressors that affect tourist flows to tourism destinations. Climate change concerns have increased interest in finding robust yet flexible solutions to help destination communities and supporting agencies effectively respond to change. The development of the theoretical framework and practical toolkit will be used to help build resilience and promote adaptation in three destination regions: (i) the Great Ocean Road tourism destination region in Victoria and the sector that supports it, (ii) the South Pacific, and (iii) Bali. The information gained from destination vulnerability and resilience assessments provide the foundational knowledge needed to address existing weaknesses, capitalise on new opportunities and stimulate long-term positive action, change and transformation. Pinpointing current weaknesses and the scale at which they occur enables destination communities, governance bodies and, policy makers to adjust current practices and formulate and apply new strategies where they are most effective, based on trade-offs among different interests in society.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > SEO Classification > 9003 Tourism
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Tourism and Services Research (CTSR)
Keywords ResPubID20453, tourism, global environmental change,tourist industry, climate change, Great Ocean Road, South Pacific, Bali, NCCARF 2010
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