Climate change in winter sport destinations: Transdisciplinary research for implementing sustainable tourism

U. Pröbstl, A. Prutsch, H. Formayer, M. Landauer, K. Grabler, A. Kulnig, M. Jesch, E. Dallhammer, C. Krajasits

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Abstract

Climate change and its possible consequences for winter vacation destinations constitutes a new and complex challenge to tourism research. The actual effects of climate change, as well as its perception and presentation by the media, by politics and society at large all influence entrepreneurial decisions and the future development of a region. In order to research the future of a winter sport resort community, a transdisciplinary research framework was developed for the destination of Schladming in Austria. We evaluated the effects of climate change by investigating spatial differences on a local scale and adapting the large scaled climate change models to this local level. Then we studied the attitudes and preferences of visitors, including the possible effects of the media on public opinion. An analysis of regional economic statistics documented the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the study area. In addition, we considered the opinions of local representatives, as well as stakeholders, interest groups and associations. These results provide background information for the first expanded implementation of the Tourism Optimization Management Model (TOMM) in Europe. In this visitor management process, local people are formulating strategic regional decisions considering climate change and other trends in tourism in order to enhance a sustainable development in their region.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Tourism III
PublisherWITPress
Pages165-173
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84564-346-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-84564-124-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event3rd International Conference on Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Tourism 2008 - , Malta
Duration: 3 Sep 20085 Sep 2008

Publication series

SeriesWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
Number115
ISSN1746-448X

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Tourism 2008
Country/TerritoryMalta
Period03.09.200805.09.2008

Keywords

  • Alpine area
  • Climate change
  • Tourism
  • Tourism optimization management model

Field of science

  • Tourism research

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