Climate Change and Small Island Tourism: Policy Maker and Industry Perspectives in Barbados

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Case 2: Tourism Policy

Climate Change and Small Island Tourism:
Policy Maker and Industry Perspectives in Barbados

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Summary of the article4
Discussion of the policies6
Is the article prescriptive or descriptive?6
What are the policies developed, described or evaluated?6
Opinion about these policies8
Concepts/theories10
Conclusion12
Appendix13
Climate Change and Small Island Tourism: Policy Maker and Industry Perspectives in Barbados13 References14

Introduction

“Life didn`t begin in Barbados. It was just perfected here” (Barbados Tourism Authority, 2010).

This report is based on the article “Climate Change and Small Island Tourism: Policy Maker and Industry Perspectives in Barbados”. The purpose of the report is to introduce policies concerning the Barbados Island, to compare them to theories in order to outline the similarities and connection. Therefore, it was necessary to find an article which deals with the topic tourism policy, discuss the content of it with special focus on the mentioned policies which will be related to the literature.

First of all, the chosen article “Climate Change and Small Island Tourism: Policy Maker and Industry Perspectives in Barbados” will be summarized to get a better overview about its content. The next point is a discussion of the policies mentioned in the article. Therefore, it will be explained if the article is written in a prescriptive or descriptive way, followed by mentioning the policies that are named in the article including a short description of them. Furthermore, an own opinion about the policies of all three group members will be given and supported by relevant arguments. In addition, the policies will be connected to the provided literature and corresponding lecture, as well as the theories are going to be connected to the theories. Finally, a conclusion will be drawn that summarizes the most important points and outlines the priorities of the policies mentioned in the article and the concepts and theories of the literature.

Summary of the article

The article “Climate Change and Small Island Tourism: Policy Maker and Industry Perspectives in Barbados” was written by Nicole Belle and Bill Bramwell, published in the “Journal of Travel Research” in the year 2005. The article analyses the different views of policy makers and tourism managers on the possible impacts of climate change on the tourism industry of the island Barbados. Furthermore, it deals with the possible reactions and preferred policies by those two parties.

First of all, the authors describe the general problems of climate change in small island developing states which can have an impact on the economic activity. The warnings about potential effects, like a rise of the frequency of extreme climatic phenomena, a rise of temperature and the sea level, by scientific communities are already so important that they demand a coordination of international actions by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Even almost everybody will suffer under these and other consequences of the climate change, the small island states might be most seriously affected. They are highly vulnerable, especially their long beaches, but also their economy, as there is no alternative to the high importance of tourism, and they have a low adaptive capacity to the consequences.

The next paragraph deals with the policy responses to climate change. It is important not to simply accept a problem but to try to reduce the impacts that could follow. Scientists are uncertain about the future climate changes and their impacts; it is not easy to predict them what is not positive for the authority of science. This leads to the problem that individuals and public policies do not see the climate change or corresponding costs as a priority. The...
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