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Special Issue "Sustainable Winter Tourism in Changing Climate"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability of Culture and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Martin Falk

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Arsenal Objekt 20, A-1030 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: climate change; winter tourism demand; individual travel survey; quantitative research; microeconometrics; applied time series and panel data models
Guest Editor
Prof. Antti Honkanen

Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI), University of Lapland, Yliopistonkatu 8, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland
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Interests: sustainable tourism; sustainable travel behavior; seasonality; cultural tourism; second home ownership
Guest Editor
Prof. Markku Vieru

Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI), University of Lapland, Yliopistonkatu 8, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland
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Interests: winter tourism demand; climate change; sustainable tourism business; hospitality industry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tourism is, not only a factor that causes major greenhouse gas emissions, with air transportation accounting for the largest share, but is also threatened by climate change, especially winter tourism. Regionalized climate models for the Northern hemisphere show that the temperature increase in the winter months (December to February) is much more pronounced than in other climate zones, based on medium and high emission future emissions scenarios (RCP 4.5 and 8.5). Furthermore, there is an ongoing discussion about the characteristics of environmentally-friendly tourist behavior in the winter season. Green tourists can be characterized by taken into account both a low carbon travel mode and a nature based destination when they choose their holiday destinations. However, little is known about the market potential of nature based tourists and their features. The aim of the Special Issue is to collect new insights into the characteristics of nature based tourists in the winter season, based on research using microeconometric models and representative individual travel survey data. Another objective is to provide new evidence on the link between climate variability and winter tourism demand using long time series or panel data. Time varying econometric models can be employed to analyze whether the relationships are changing over time. In recent years, for instance, snow based winter tourism areas to be less affected by lack of snow or extraordinarily warm winter temperatures due to their extensive investments in snow making facilities or other adaptation measures.

Dr. Martin Falk
Prof. Antti Honkanen
Prof. Markku Vieru
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • climate change
  • winter tourism demand
  • individual travel survey
  • quantitative research

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Open AccessArticle Winter Weather Anomalies and Individual Destination Choice
Sustainability 2018, 10(8), 2630; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10082630
Received: 24 June 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 23 July 2018 / Published: 26 July 2018
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Recently, several winter seasons in the European Alps have been unexpectedly warm. In the Austrian mountains, December 2015 was the warmest since weather records began, with a temperature deviation of +6.6 °C compared to the long-term average. By use of data on 6200
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Recently, several winter seasons in the European Alps have been unexpectedly warm. In the Austrian mountains, December 2015 was the warmest since weather records began, with a temperature deviation of +6.6 °C compared to the long-term average. By use of data on 6200 individual trips from the Austrian travel survey, a multinomial Logit model is employed to estimate if weather anomalies affect the choice of winter trips. A substitution for more distant trips may create additional environmental burdens, given that they require longer travels or alternative transportation modes. Estimation results reveal that the choice of a mountain destination is not yet affected by extreme winter weather conditions. The result is valid for December 2015, as well as for the total winter season 2015/2016. However, December 2015 and 2016 exhibit a separate development with a significant increase in the likelihood of trips to non-mountains in Europe (mostly city breaks), although no traces of a direct substitution effect can be found. Younger and older people, as well as women, are less likely to go on a winter trip to the mountains. Residents with a tertiary degree and students are more interested in this, as well as large travel groups. Full article
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