• Community Sense of Place Community Sense of Place Tourism Impacts and Second Home Development: A Sustainable Approach
  • Climate, Weather, and Tourism Climate, Weather, and Tourism Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for tourists at their respective locations.
  • Engagement and Community Engagement and Community In partnership with the Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development.
  • Rural Tourism Rural Tourism Sustaining rural America is one of today's pressing issues.
  • RESET RESET Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism
  • US Travel Care Code US Travel Care Code The United States Travel Care Code has been developed and is managed by the Center for Sustainable Tourism.
  • RETI RETI The Renewable Energy in Tourism Initiative
  • Tourism and Entrepreneurship Tourism and Entrepreneurship Developing the local tourism industry as part of an economic development strategy.

Climate, Weather, and Tourism Initiative
Tourism destinations and their individual tourism businesses are all vying for the expenditures and vitality that tourists bring to their respective locations. But, in making travel choices, these vacationers have considerations besides distance, cost, and timing. They are also considering the daily or weekly weather and other climate factors when determining both where to go and the extent to which they enjoyed their travel experience. The World Tourism Organization, in meetings addressing weather, climate, and tourism noted that weather and climate are perhaps the most important influence on the choice of leisure travel destinations. Wind, humidity, temperature, drought, storm conditions, snow conditions, water temperature, and degree of sunshine are a few of the factors that affect the visitors’ decisions, satisfaction, and spending—that important economic "bottom line" for tourism businesses and tourism destinations. 

In addition to the workshop and publications under this initiative, the Center’s activities in this initiative include a presentation at the National Weather Service and RENCI Summit on Decision Support Services and Technology and a joint research effort on recreational businesses and weather with faculty from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Sustainable Tourism | Climate Weather and Tourism Initiative

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