Evaluation of policy environment for climate change adaptation in tourism

Emma Wong, Min Jiang, Louise Munk Klint, Dale Dominey-Howes, Terry Delacy

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Tourism in small island developing states and territories in the South Pacific is crucial to the development of these countries yet highly vulnerable to climate change. Drawing on political science theories, this study critically analyses the policy environment of Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu for the tourism sector's adaptation to climate change. Three aspects of the policy environment were analysed, namely stakeholder commitment, resource availability and capacity, and presence of enabling mechanisms or processes. We find that Samoa provides the most conducive policy environment among the three for climate change adaptation. The difference can be attributed to political instability and lack of institutional coordination in Fiji; and in Vanuatu, industry players showing little concern for climate change and lack of policy implementation. Stakeholders should take ownership of the climate change issues, and governments better manage the funding from aid agencies and establish policy mechanisms that facilitate adaptation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-225
Number of pages25
JournalTourism and Hospitality Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate change adaptation
  • policy environment analysis
  • South Pacific


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