Dive tourism in Luganville, Vanuatu: shocks, stressors, and vulnerability to climate change

Louise Munk Klint, Min Jiang, Alexandra Law, Terry Delacy, Sebastian Filep, Emma Calgaro, Dale Dominey-Howes, David Harrison

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    Abstract

    Luganville is a developing dive tourism destination region (DTDR) in Vanuatu, which relies on tourism. This article reports on the shocks and stressors faced by Luganville's dive tourism sector and climate change's exacerbation of these. The study's methodology was based on rapid rural appraisal and case study principles, involving methods of semistructured interviews, group discussions, and personal observations. Data were analyzed using a thematic analysis approach. Key shocks identified include cyclones, earthquakes, effect on demand due to media footage, and changes to international flights. Main stressors were starfish outbreaks and environmental degradation. Unlike the indigenous communities, expatriates show little concern for the potential impact of climate change, presenting response challenges that must incorporate different perspectives to develop effective a daptation options.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-109
    Number of pages19
    JournalTourism in Marine Environments
    Volume8
    Issue number1-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Climate change
    • Dive tourism
    • Shocks and stressors
    • Vanuatu
    • Vulnerability

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