How the climate crisis will radically change tourism

By Analysis by The Big Story Podcast

In today’s Big Story Podcast, the places that most rely on tourism to support their economy are some of the world’s most vulnerable areas when it comes to climate disasters. As we saw after the tragically devastating fire that ripped through Maui, in the wake of extreme weather all a city’s resources are needed to support those who have lost loved ones and homes. And tourism isn’t an option.

But as these events become more common, the way we travel, and the places we travel to, will change. Tourism is one of the most valuable industries on the planet, and as the crisis worsens it’s poised to become one of the most volatile as well.

Daniel Scott is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Management at Waterloo University. He researches climate change and tourism.

“Right now, tourism policy is not at all aligned with climate policy,” said Scott.

So, what will tourism look like in the climate era?

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