Mediterranean Tourism Could Bear the Brunt of Climate Change

October 1, 2009 / 1 Comment

Sea Caves in Cyprus Mediterranean Tourism Could Bear the Brunt of Climate Change

Sea Caves in Cyprus

As climate change forces temperatures up, tourism in the Mediterranean may be deeply affected. The Mediterranean basin attracts nearly 20% of the world’s tourists every year, but with increasing temperatures, visitors may begin to avoid the region during summers.

Cyprus, which receives about 2 million tourists every year, and has the tourism sector represent 11% of its economy, may have to rethink its strategy as a result of the upcoming situation.

Research has shown that the average temperature of the Mediterranean region has increased by 1 degree Celsius in the last two decades, and is expected to increase by another four degrees by the end of the century, with rainfall going down by 20-40%.

As it already is a warm country, temperature increase is not good news for the tourism industry in Cyprus as tourists may avoid visiting the country in summer. To combat the inevitable problem, countries like Cyprus will have to diversify into different seasons, and also into different products.

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[via Reuters]