Evaluation of policy environment for climate change adaptation in tourism

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Wong, Emma, Jiang, Min, Klint, Louise Munk, Dominey-Howes, Dale and DeLacy, Terry (2013) Evaluation of policy environment for climate change adaptation in tourism. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 13 (4). 201 - 225. ISSN 1467-3584

Abstract

Tourism in small island developing states and territories in the South Pacific is crucial to the development of these countries yet highly vulnerable to climate change. Drawing on political science theories, this study critically analyses the policy environment of Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu for the tourism sector’s adaptation to climate change. Three aspects of the policy environment were analysed, namely stakeholder commitment, resource availability and capacity, and presence of enabling mechanisms or processes. We find that Samoa provides the most conducive policy environment among the three for climate change adaptation. The difference can be attributed to political instability and lack of institutional coordination in Fiji; and in Vanuatu, industry players showing little concern for climate change and lack of policy implementation. Stakeholders should take ownership of the climate change issues, and governments better manage the funding from aid agencies and establish policy mechanisms that facilitate adaptation.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/26687
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1467358414524978
Official URL http://thr.sagepub.com/content/13/4/201
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1506 Tourism
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Business
Keywords South Pacific; policy-making; policy issues; political science theories; policy implementation
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