Climate change in Northern Sweden: intra-regional perceptions of vulnerability among winter-oriented tourism businesses
2011 (English)In: Journal of Sustainable Tourism, ISSN 0966-9582, E-ISSN 1747-7646, Vol. 19, no 8, 919-933 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Climate change is a potential threat to society and business. Although research has noted that the tourism sector may be robust on the macro scale, significant losses at local levels have been suggested. This paper examines Upper Norrland, in Northern Sweden, by measuring the perceptions of winter-oriented tourism entrepreneurs. Their perceptions of potential threats from climate change are assessed, including how entrepreneurs view the future, in terms of climate change impacts and sustainability of the region as a winter-tourism destination. A quantitative survey of entrepreneurs (n = 63) gave responses along geographical and operator dimensions to reveal local differences within the Upper Norrland region, showing the coastland to be perceived as more exposed to change than inland areas. Venue-based businesses see climate change as a higher priority than activity-based, potentially mobile, businesses, regardless of their location. The general perception among businesses is that climate change will not drastically impact the tourism sector over the next 10 years. A basic model for mapping local differences is outlined to stimulate further study of the under-researched intra-regional nuances in climate change and tourism research. A case is made for regional planners to use this tool and to educate local businesses on adaptation techniques.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Channel View Publications, 2011. Vol. 19, no 8, 919-933 p.
climate change, vulnerability, winter, tourism, peripheral, Sweden
Social and Economic Geography Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104576DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2011.573073ISI: 000299284100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-104576DiVA: diva2:821190