Edited by Robin Nunkoo
Chapter 36: Climate change and tourism research in South Africa: prospects and obstacles for mixed-method approaches
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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