Adapting to climate change: the case of snow-based tourism in Afriski, Lesotho

Gijsbert Hoogendoorn, Lara Stockigt, Jarkko Saarinen, Jennifer M. Fitchett

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Abstract

Climate change poses significant challenges to the tourism sector, with snow-based tourism particularly threatened. Snow-based tourism is largely dependent on adaptation, including snowmaking practices and product diversification. In the global south, the limited snow-based tourism products face similar challenges to the global north, but with significantly higher vulnerability and lower adaptive capacity. By making use of a questionnaire survey and personal in-depth interviews this paper examines adaptation mechanisms and the perceptions held by tourists and managers at Afriski, Lesotho. While Afriski already implements adaptive mechanisms, considering the current global environmental change projections for southern Africa, greater adaptive action is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-104
Number of pages13
JournalAfrican Geographical Review
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Lesotho
  • Snow-based tourism
  • adaptation
  • climate change
  • snowmaking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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