From Fiji to Kenya, Travel Hot Spots Brace for Global Warming

Travel Blog  •  Joanna Kakissis  •  11.01.07 | 2:17 PM ET

imageA ski resort without snow. A scuba club whose coral reefs have succumbed to warmer and stormier seas. A water-guzzling golf resort in a desertifying area. Faced with global warming, the tourism industry must adapt to scenarios like these around the world or risk losing tourists, Elisabeth Rosenthal writes in The New York Times.

“The entire tourism product will be affected—every destination has a climate-related component,” said Geoffrey Lipman, assistant secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organization, from a conference in Davos, Switzerland, on the issue earlier this month. “Some people are going to find that they had tourism before and don’t now. In the Canadian Rockies it may be the reverse.”

Most at risk are developing nations in Africa and the Pacific that rely heavily on income from tourism. One of those countries, Fiji, has combined its ministires of the environment and tourism to plan for the changes ahead.

Remarked one Fiji official: “Tourism is the vehicle for poverty alleviation in Fiji—that’s how important it has become. Without it, our economy would collapse. So we have to plan to mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

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Photo of Fiji sunset by timparkinson via Flickr, (Creative Commons).

Joanna Kakissis's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, among other publications. A contributor to the World Hum blog, she's currently a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

4 Comments for From Fiji to Kenya, Travel Hot Spots Brace for Global Warming

starsea 01.17.08 | 12:45 AM ET

The weather, in terms of heat, humidity and cyclones, is at its most hospitable in the second half of the year. Light breezes and calm waters should be the order of the day at this time. Luckily, June to August is a time of public holidays and festivals as well. Seven of the country’s nine provinces have their annual holiday at this time, and the Queen’s Birthday and Independence Day - the best times to see traditional dancing - are in June and July respectively. The surfing season runs from October to April. There are no real high and low seasons in the Solomons but at Christmas, Easter and other major holidays, hotels and transport can fill up, and you’ll need to book your accommodation ahead if you’re in a town during one of the cultural shows.
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john 03.18.08 | 6:48 AM ET

not just the tourism industry, the tourist’s, the government’s, the local’s everyone!

karthik cmouli 04.12.08 | 8:45 PM ET

Global warming is a runaway train and not much action is neing taken to stop this. As it is, the Ozone layer is getting depleted at a rapid click and in a few more decades, the hole over south american may well envelop the whole earth!

green thinking 05.27.08 | 3:05 AM ET

Any regeneration project that fails to put environmental and social benefits at its very heart is unlikely to achieve anything more than a very short–lived spasm of spurious prosperity.

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