FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2001 .048

Impact of Climate on Tourist Demand

Authors: Wietze Lise, Richard S. J. Tol
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Tourist demand,climate change,factor analysis,regression analysis,cross-section analysis
JEL n.: D12,R19,Q26
JEL: Climatic Change
Pages: 55(4):429-449
Date: 2002


Tourism, being volatile and situation-specific, is responsive to climate change. A cross-section analysis is conducted on destinations of OECD tourists and a factor and regression analysis on holiday activities of Dutch tourists, to find optimal temperatures at travel destination for different tourists and different tourist activities. Globally, OECD tourists prefer a temperature of 21ºC (average of the hottest month of the year) at their choice of holiday destination. This indicates that, under a scenario of gradual warming, tourists would spend their holidays in different places than they currently do. The factor and regression analysis suggests that preferences for climates at tourist destinations differ among age and income groups.
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