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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1539; doi:10.3390/su9091539

Impact of Climate Change on Tourism on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Research Based on a Literature Review

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Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Received: 14 June 2017 / Revised: 18 August 2017 / Accepted: 27 August 2017 / Published: 30 August 2017
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Irrespective of insights gained from previous studies on the impacts and adaptions associated with climate change; little consideration has been given to the effect of climate change on tourism on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP). Based on a conceptual framework of the impact of climate change on tourism in high-altitude regions; this paper reviews the literature pertaining to the effects of climate change on the natural characteristics of the QTP and it discusses the corresponding implications for tourism within the region. The findings show that the features of the QTP affected most by climate change comprise wetlands, glaciers, and the vegetation, wildlife, and climate resources. Accordingly, such effects could have considerable implications for related tourism activities. Climate change poses both challenges and opportunities for tourism development on the QTP. The information presented in this paper offers insight for tourism management on the QTP. Comprehensive measures involving all stakeholders should be taken to promote the sustainable development of tourism on the QTP, and to both mitigate the threats and exploit the opportunities related to climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: tourism; climate change; impact; Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau tourism; climate change; impact; Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
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Wang, L.-E.; Zeng, Y.; Zhong, L. Impact of Climate Change on Tourism on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau: Research Based on a Literature Review. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1539.

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