Tourism and climate change: evaluating the extent of policy integration

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Becken, Susanne
Whittlesea, Emma
Loehr, Johanna
Scott, Daniel
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2020
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Climate change poses complex challenges and addressing these requires increasing integration across policy domains. This research developed a framework to assess policy integration between the tourism and climate change domains by examining coverage, scope, materiality and alignment. A database of 101 policy documents was compiled, representing 61 countries over 17 years. Only 37 documents covered the tourism-climate nexus substantially, suggesting climate change has not yet become a priority for tourism policy makers. Considering that tourism makes considerable contributions to and is substantially impacted by climate change, the observed gaps in tourism policy need to be addressed. The paper concludes with some minimum expectations for policy integration, including examples of good practice, and suggests that more effort is required to achieve climate change policy integration in tourism.

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Journal of Sustainable Tourism

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28

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10

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Tourism

Human geography

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Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism

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Becken, S; Whittlesea, E; Loehr, J; Scott, D, Tourism and climate change: evaluating the extent of policy integration, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 2020, 28 (10), pp. 1603-1624

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