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dc.contributor.authorHopkins, Debbie
dc.date.available2014-11-24T20:08:38Z
dc.date.copyright2012
dc.identifier.citationHopkins, D. (2012). Social perceptions of climate change in Queenstown’s ski industry: a framework of contextual vulnerability. In Proceedings of CAUTHE 2013.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5271
dc.description.abstractThe tourism industry both contributes to – and is affected by climate change. Many tourism sub-sectors rely on the local climate as a key element to their tourism offering, non less that the ski industry. As a result of this, the ski industry has been identified as particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change which could include increased extreme events, increased variability and increased average temperatures. Yet these manifestations are intrinsically localised, not only between countries, but regions and specific ski fields. Elevation, aspect, water resources and management structure are just some of the factors which play into degrees of vulnerability. This paper is empirically focused on the Queenstown Lakes region of New Zealand, as a popular tourism destination, and the home of 6 commercial ski field operations. Qualitative interviews with industry stakeholders identified a range of perceptions regarding threats and opportunities for the region. While primarily focusing on climate change, a wider web of contextual risks is identified, to place climate change amongst the other challenges for the region. This paper considers perceived risks, and barriers to engagement with climate change for tourism stakeholders. It also addresses opportunities raised by interview participants namely, the relatively increased vulnerability of neighbouring competitors and important international tourism market, Australia and the use of snowmaking to reduce the risk of weather variability. This paper finds a multitude of perceptions regarding vulnerability and concluded that considering context vulnerability, rather than the outcome of climate change alone, is vital in order to address the risks associated with climate change effectively.en_NZ
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of CAUTHE 2013en_NZ
dc.relation.urihttps://www.academia.edu/2631608/Social_perceptions_of_climate_change_in_Queenstown_s_ski_industry_A_framework_of_contextual_vulnerabilityen_NZ
dc.subjectVulnerabilityen_NZ
dc.subjectrisk perceptionen_NZ
dc.subjectClimate changeen_NZ
dc.subjectweather variabilityen_NZ
dc.subjectSki industryen_NZ
dc.subjectNew Zealanden_NZ
dc.titleSocial perceptions of climate change in Queenstown's ski industry: a framework of contextual vulnerabilityen_NZ
dc.typeConference or Workshop Item (Paper)en_NZ
dc.date.updated2014-11-24T02:18:34Z
otago.schoolCentre for Sustainabilityen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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