Impact of Climate Change on Tourism in Small Islands.

Topics: Coral reef, Maldives, Climate change Pages: 2 (559 words) Published: December 4, 2011
Tourism is traveling outside one’s normal environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, recreational or business purposes. It is important for income within a country, providing jobs and it may also raise the standard of living within a country but there are few disadvantages like pollution and disruption of natural habitats which may lead to climate change affecting tourism. Small islands which include the Caribbean, Pacific, Mediterranean islands, just to name some, are beautiful, tropical islands which attract tourist attention but due to climate change beautiful sceneries like the coral reefs and forest are being destroyed. The temperature which is rising rapidly and rainfall, causes climatic hazards such as storms, floods droughts etc. leading all to a decrease in tourism, arising difficulties for countries that mainly depends on the tourism industry. The Caribbean made up of approximately 7,000 small islands and is the most tourist-dependent region, and one of the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. Tourism is an important economic driver within the Caribbean. It contributes to GDP, provides employment, foreign exchange and investments which is very beneficial to the Caribbean states, increasing the standards of living and aiding in the journey to becoming first world countries. The only problem we have is that we face a serious threat from rising sea levels, coral bleaching, increasingly powerful tropical hurricanes and longer periods of drought. Tobago, known mainly for tourism which is the number one eco-tourism destination in the world, attracts visitors from around the world to its rainforests, wetlands, mangroves and coral reefs, which is the home of many different birds and fishes, faces a serious problem with climate change. According to Linda Hutchinson-Jafar, author of the Trinidad Guardian a local individual who runs her business on the Island of Tobago worries that local tourism is suffering from...
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