Handbook of Research Methods for Tourism and Hospitality Management
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Handbook of Research Methods for Tourism and Hospitality Management

Edited by Robin Nunkoo

As research in tourism and hospitality reaches maturity, a growing number of methodological approaches are being utilized and, in addition, this knowledge is dispersed across a wide range of journals. Consequently there is a broad and multidisciplinary community of tourism and hospitality researchers whom, at present, need to look widely for support on methods. In this volume, researchers fulfil a pressing need by clearly presenting methodological issues within tourism and hospitality research alongside particular methods and share their experiences of what works, what does not work and where challenges and innovations lie.
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Chapter 36: Climate change and tourism research in South Africa: prospects and obstacles for mixed-method approaches

Gijsbert Hoogendoorn and Jennifer Fitchett


Research on climate change and tourism in developing countries has emerged slowly by global standards, despite the economic reliance of many of these countries on tourism. To investigate and quantify the varied threats of climate change to tourism, a robust mixed-method approach is imperative. We critically interrogate three core approaches to climate change and tourism research in the region, exploring challenges in their adoption and opportunities for integrated approaches. Quantitative research is conducted through Tourism Climate Indices (TCI) and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), each of which rely on global risk standards and limited local data. Qualitative research through in-depth interviews with tourism stakeholders and tourists does not face these limitations, yet reflects considerable biases regarding climate change.

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