Tourist Responses to Climate Change: Potential Impacts and Adaptation in Florida's Coastal Destinations
Adaptation; Tourism; Beach; Weather; Florida
Florida, one of the world's most visited tourist destinations, holds one of the most vulnerable positions as a result of climate change. Through a quantitative survey, this study gathered the responses of 432 tourists who had previously visited Florida, with a hypothetical scenario of changed climatic conditions. The examination of the tourist perspective showed the presence of ample sunshine and factors related to beach comfort as the reasons for choosing the destination. In a scenario were beaches disappear and tropical diseases become more widespread, the majority of respondents stated they would choose a different destination. However, respondents would reconsider their intentions if adaptation measures such as reduced prices, coastal habitat conservation and measures to protect beaches from erosion and coastal areas from inundation were in place. The findings suggest that seasonal and geographic shifts in tourism demand could be mitigated by the implementation of adaptation measures at the destination level.
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Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Atzori, Roberta; Fyall, Alan; and Miller, Graham, "Tourist Responses to Climate Change: Potential Impacts and Adaptation in Florida's Coastal Destinations" (2018). Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 667.