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A review of studies on tourism and climate change from 2007-2021

A review of studies on tourism and climate change from 2007-2021

Pan, Su-Lan, Wu, Lingqiong and Morrison, Alastair ORCID: 0000-0002-0754-1083 (2023) A review of studies on tourism and climate change from 2007-2021. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. ISSN 0959-6119 (doi:

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to review empirical studies on the relationship between climate change and tourism for a period of 15 years, from 2007 to 2021. The main variables analyzed were research subjects, topics and economic development levels.
Design/methodology/approach: Literature review was used to analyze articles published on climate change and tourism from 2007 to 2021. A staged article selection process was followed using the Scopus database. Statistical comparison tests found differences among sub-groupings of articles.
Findings: The research articles on climate change and tourism continued their upward trajectory until 2021. The 893 articles analyzed were published in 254 different journals, with over 60% from non-tourism or cross-disciplinary journals. Significant differences were found by time period and between developed and developing countries.
Research limitations/implications: Gaps in the literature were detected with respect to policy analysis and it was concluded that the research for developing nations remains insufficient. More research should be encouraged to focus on the situation and solutions to climate change and tourism in developing countries. Additional research is also needed on biodiversity declines in destinations because of climate change.
Originality/value: This research dealt exclusively with empirical research studies in academic articles. It compared results across three different time periods and between developing and developed countries. Statistical tests supported the comparisons.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourism management; climate change; sustainable development; adaptation and mitigation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:38

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