Coastal Tourism, Sustainability, and Climate Change in the Caribbean

From The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) this 2 volume book examines climate change impacts on the coastal tourism environment, and discusses adaptive solutions that aim to help grow the tourism trade sustainably. Volume I is focused on impacts to Hotels and Beaches, and Volume II on “Supporting Activities” including Golf, Sustainable Food Sourcing, and Airlines and Airports. Both volumes offer essays and case studies by 33 different experts that discuss how tourism sectors in the Caribbean both contribute to, and are impacted by, climate change. The volumes also highlight innovative tourism businesses that are providing solutions to addressing climate change. 

Volume I:

Caribbean beaches and hotels are among the most vulnerable to climate impacts, including but not limited to increasingly stronger and more frequent hurricanes, sea-level rise, and loss of coral and mangroves to ocean acidification - while also among the most visited tourist destinations in the world. This book reviews many strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts for the tropics. It also provides a number of case studies on how socially and environmentally responsible companies are coping with these climate impacts and building resiliency into their businesses.

Volume II:

The second volume examines accelerated climate change impacts on three key tourism sectors: golf, local agriculture and cuisine, and aviation. Discussing the imperative of responsible tourism, the report offers good news on how the region is starting to offset these impacts as well. The “food print” - or carbon impacts from agricultural import is detailed along with efforts to bring local agriculture and cuisine into mainstream Caribbean tourism to reduce the food print. Golf certification programs are providing templates for constructing and operating courses with smaller carbon footprints. In aviation, international airlines are testing non-fossil fuel alternatives, and researching the opportunities to improve its resilience.


Publication Date: April 20, 2017

Authors or Affiliated Users:

  • Kreg Ettenger
  • Martha Honey
  • Samantha Hogenson

Related Organizations:

  • The Center for Responsible Travel


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Resource Types:

  • Assessment
  • Best practice


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