Climate change and tourism futures: responses by Australian tourism agencies

Zeppel, Heather and Beaumont, Narelle (2012) Climate change and tourism futures: responses by Australian tourism agencies. Tourism and Hospitality Research , 12 (2). pp. 73-88. ISSN 1467-3584


There is a growing body of knowledge about the impacts of climate change on tourism destinations and about tourism’s commitment to address these impacts. However, there has been limited research about climate change responses by national or sub-national tourism agencies and the role they play in providing information, incentives and leadership to encourage the uptake of climate change actions by the industry. This paper assesses the climate change responses of nine Australian government tourism agencies. Information on climate change, sustainability and green business practices is drawn from the corporate websites, annual reports, tourism plans, fact sheets, and case studies produced by one national, six state and two territory tourism agencies from 2007 to 2010. The paper focuses on how government tourism agencies are addressing climate change mitigation by promoting carbon reduction initiatives and carbon offsetting schemes. Climate change tourism responses are more developed in Australian states with climate change policies and in destinations vulnerable to the impacts of climate change or dependent on long haul travellers. To date, few government tourism agencies report on their own carbon footprint or mitigation and offset measures. This study highlights a range of mitigation options that will assist government tourism agencies to address climate change impacts through policies, strategic plans and green business advice for tourism operators.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 03:17
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; mitigation; Australia; government tourism agencies; carbon footprint; carbon offsetting
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069902 Global Change Biology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1506 Tourism > 150605 Tourism Resource Appraisal
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3199 Other biological sciences > 319902 Global change biology
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350805 Tourism resource appraisal
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
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