Tourism Industry Perspectives on Climate Change in South Africa

  • Wayde R. Pandy
  • Christian M. RogersonEmail author
Part of the Geographies of Tourism and Global Change book series (GTGC)


One of South Africa’s key constraints in reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity is climate shocks with the impacts of climate change evidenced in the landscape of tourism. This paper contributes to the expanding knowledge domain about tourism and climate change. It contributes to the limited extant research which explores tourism and climate change based risk perceptions in South Africa. The specific objective is to present the results of a qualitative national perceptions study undertaken with expert representatives from the South African tourism industry in order to comprehend the industry’s view of climate change, the risks posed and the importance of taking action in relation to other industry priorities and challenges.


Climate change Tourism industry perspectives South Africa Local government capacity 



Our thanks go to the 31 key stakeholders who generously gave their time to respond to this research investigation. Two reviewer comments are acknowledged. In addition, the inputs of Teddy, Skye and Dawn Norfolk to improving earlier versions of this material are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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