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Policy environment for the tourism sector's adaptation to climate change in the South Pacific - the case of Samoa

Wong, E. and Jiang, M. and Klint, L.M. and DeLacy, T. and Harrison, David H. and Dominey-Howes, D. (2012) Policy environment for the tourism sector's adaptation to climate change in the South Pacific - the case of Samoa. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, iFirst . pp. 1-20. ISSN 1094-1665

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    Abstract

    Samoa and its neighbouring Pacific Island Countries are highly vulnerable to climate change risks because their population and infrastructure are mostly located on lowlying coastal areas. Impacts of climate change are potentially disastrous to tourism, the major economic sector in the region. This research examines the conduciveness of the policy environment in Samoa for the tourism sector to adapt to climate change along three dimensions: stakeholders’ will and commitment, resources available, and policymaking mechanisms [Wong, E.P.Y., Mistilis, N., & Dwyer, L. (2011). A framework for analyzing intergovernmental collaboration – the case of ASEAN tourism. Tourism Management, 32, 367–376]. Samoa is used as an exemplar case study to understand how the Pacific island tourism sector can best adapt to climate change. It was found that the policy environment in Samoa is generally conducive. However, there is a strong need for closer public–private cooperation.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    T Technology > TX Home economics
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 14:43
    Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 15:23
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/5534
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