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The blooming paradise: algae blooms, environmental change and tourism impacts
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
(English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, ISSN 1502-2250, E-ISSN 1502-2269, ISSN )Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Tourism has become an important sector for many rural areas in Sweden. In Öland the tourism sector are occupying an important economic niche in the island, which is otherwise largely dependent on agriculture. However, island tourism systems can be vulnerable to environmental change. Algae blooms have repeatedly affected Baltic Sea coastlines in recent years, and with destination planners in Öland reporting losses of 27 million Euro for the season in 2005 alone. This article investigates related impacts on tourist decisions within the camping sector, through interrelationships of algae blooms, weather conditions, supply of camping facilities and distance to attractions outside the camping area. It goes on to evaluate how important camping visitors state these different factors to be for their choice of destination. The method used in this article is a stated preference where the respondents are requested to evaluate a number of hypothetical alternatives. The results show that camping is an important niche within Swedish summer tourism. However, high reliance on sea, sun and sand as the primary tourism product might be challenged by weather extremes, precipitation and biotic change in the future. Proactive strategies and adaptation strategies are important steps to take in order to mitigate potential negative impacts for the future.

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Oslo: Taylor & Francis in coop. with the Norwegian School of Hotel Management in Stavanger.
Keyword [en]
Climate Change, Algae Blooms, Camping Tourism, Öland, Sweden
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Human Geography Physical Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40669OAI: diva2:401878
Available from: 2011-03-04 Created: 2011-03-04 Last updated: 2011-03-28Bibliographically approved

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