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Stockigt, L. Hoogendoorn, G., Fitchett, J.M. and J. Saarinen (2018). Climatic Sensitivity and Snow-based Tourism in Africa: An Investigation of TripAdvisor reviews on Afriski, Lesotho. In Adriaan van der Walt, Nico Kotze, Charles Barker, Eldalize Kruger (Eds). Geography and Community, pp. 207-224. Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the Society of South African Geographers.

Climatic sensitivity and snow-based tourism in Africa : an investigation of TripAdvisor reviews on Afriski, Lesotho

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Author: Stockigt, L.1; Hoogendoorn, G.1; Fitchett, J.M.2;
Organizations: 1Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
2School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
3Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
4School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: University of the Free State, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-01-10


Climate change presents a range of challenges for the tourism industry. Rising temperatures and changes in humidity and precipitation pose significant threats to the snow-based tourism industry and exacerbate its vulnerability to climate change in the long term. However, in the short term the differences between anticipated and experienced weather and the day-to-day variability thereof, can have a significant impact on tourist enjoyment of the destination and their likelihood to return. This has the potential to compromise the economic stability of the enterprise long before climate change yields snow production unaffordable. This study investigates the climatic sensitivity and experiences of weather among tourists who have travelled to the Afriski resort in Lesotho through an analysis of TripAdvisor reviews for the operation. The reviews highlight the importance of artificial snow production and a diversification of tourist activities, and the importance of snow and cold temperature to the tourist experience.

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ISBN Print: 978-0-86886-852-3
Pages: 207 - 224
Host publication: Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of the Society of South African Geographers. University of the Free State, Bloemfontein,1-5 October 2018
Host publication editor: van der Walt, Adriaan
Kotze, Nico
Barker, Charles
Kruger, Eldalize
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2018 The Authors.