Evaluation of the potential economic impacts of climate change on the tourism industry on two Caribbean islands: Bonaire and Barbados.

Evaluation of the potential economic impacts of climate change on the tourism industry on two Caribbean islands: Bonaire and Barbados.

Primary Country: Barbados
Ecosystem: multiple
Sample Value Estimates:
Importance of environmental interests to tourists: (a) Marine wildlife was significantly more important in destination choice for tourists in Bonaire than those in Barbados (b) at both locations, the ‘weather and sea conditions’ factor was significantly more important for destination choice than all other factors. Potential impact of climate change on willingness to revisit islands: (c) significantly more tourists in Bonaire would not return to this island for the same price if corals were severely bleached as a result of increasing sea temperatures than if beaches largely disappeared as a result of sea level rise (d) a converse response was observed in Barbados, with fewer tourists expressing a willingness to return for the same price if beaches largely disappeared than if corals were severely bleached.
Region: Americas and Europe

Publication information

Uyarra, M.C. I. M. CotéJ.A. GillR.R.T. TinchD. VinerA.R. Watkinson “Evaluation of the potential economic impacts of climate change on the tourism industry on two Caribbean islands: Bonaire and Barbados.” Environmental Conservation 32(1): 11–19, 2005

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