The Impact of Climate on Holiday Destination Choice

22 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2005

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Richard S. J. Tol

VU University Amsterdam - Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM); Carnegie Mellon University - Center for Integrated Study of the Human Dimensions of Global Change; University of Hamburg - Centre for Marine and Climate Research (ZMK); Princeton University

Andrea Bigano

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment; CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici; Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Jacqueline M. Hamilton

Forschungsstelle nachhaltige Umweltentwicklung, ZMK, Hamburg University

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

The holiday destination choice is analysed for tourists from 45 countries, representing all continents and all climates. Tourists are deterred by distance, political instability and poverty, and attracted to coasts. Tourists prefer countries with a sunny yet mild climate, shun climes that are too hot or too cold. A country's tourists' aversion for poverty and distance can be predicted by that country's average per capita income. The preferred holiday climate is the same for all tourists, independent of the home climate. However, tourists from hotter climates have more pronounced preferences.

Keywords: Climate change, Impacts, Adaptation, Acclimatisation, Domestic tourism, International tourism

JEL Classification: L83, Q25

Suggested Citation

Tol, Richard S. J. and Bigano, Andrea and Hamilton, Jacqueline M., The Impact of Climate on Holiday Destination Choice (January 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=649561 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.649561

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