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Mushawemhuka W., Rogerson J.M. and Saarinen J., 2018: Nature-based tourism operators’ perceptions and adaptation to climate change in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, 42(42), 115-127. DOI:

Nature-based tourism operators’ perceptions and adaptation to climate change in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

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Author: Mushawemhuka, William1; Rogerson, Jayne2; Saarinen, Jarkko3,2
Organizations: 1University of Johannesburg, Department of Geography Environmental Management and Energy Studies, Faculty of Science
2University of Johannesburg, School of Tourism and Hospitality, College of Business and Economics
3University of Oulu, Department of Geography, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-03-08


Climate and weather are important resources for tourism. In particular, nature-based tourism activities and operations are largely dependent on and affected by environmental conditions and changes. Due to the significant socio-economic role of the nature-based tourism and the tourism industry, in general, in the region of southern Africa it is important to understand the dynamics between the industry and climate change. A key aspect of this understanding are perceptions and adaptation preparedness of tourism operators towards the estimated impact of climate change. There is a dearth of empirical studies on climate change perceptions and adaptation in nature-based tourism operations across southern Africa and specifically from Zimbabwe. This research gap is addressed in this article which provides an exploratory analysis of the nature of climate change adaptation practices occurring in southern Africa using evidence from Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

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Series: Bulletin of geography. Socio-economic series
ISSN: 1732-4254
ISSN-E: 1732-4254
ISSN-L: 1732-4254
Volume: 42
Issue: 42
Pages: 115 - 127
DOI: 10.2478/bog-2018-0034
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
1171 Geosciences
Funding: The financial support of this research by University of Johannesburg is acknowledged.
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