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Dive Tourism in Luganville, Vanuatu: Shocks, Stressors, and Vulnerability to Climate Change

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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 adaptation options.

Keywords: CLIMATE CHANGE; DIVE TOURISM; SHOCKS AND STRESSORS; VANUATU; VULNERABILITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3727/154427312X13262430524225

Publication date: 2012-02-01

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