Weather, climate and tourism a geographical perspective

by Ma Belén Gómez Martín
Annals of Tourism Research ()


This paper examines the relationship among climate, weather, and tourism from the perspective of the geography of tourism and climatology. It analyzes the nature of the influence that climate has on tourism and recreation, stressing the need to improve upon the simplistic descriptions traditionally reported in planning projects, which are often unconnected to the requirements of tourism, and revealing the links that atmospheric elements maintain with different facets of this industry. Specifically, the paper considers the influence that climate and weather exert on the geographical space, demand, supply, and market agents of the tourism system. It also shows the significance of this relationship in the context of climate change. Temps, climat et tourisme: une perspective géographique. Cet article examine la relation entre climat, temps et tourisme des perspectives de la géographie du tourisme et de la climatologie. L’article analyse la nature de l’influence du climat sur le tourisme et la récréation en insistant sur le besoin de faire mieux que les descriptions simplistes qui se trouvent habituellement dans les projets de planification et qui sont souvent sans rapport aux exigences du tourisme, afin de révéler la relation entre les éléments atmosphériques et les différentes facettes de l’industrie touristique. En particulier, l’article considère l’influence que le climat et le temps exercent sur l’espace géographique, la demande, l’offre et les concessionnaires opérant sur le marché du système de tourisme.

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