Abstract

The increasing frequency of coral bleaching events is beginning to greatly impact dive tourism destinations, and the Caribbean region is no exception. With this region being highly dependent on tourism, of which dive tourism is a valued part, the Caribbean and its tourism industry have much to lose. This paper examines the impacts of coral bleaching on dive tourism operators across the Caribbean region. This multi-phase study consists of interviews with Tobago dive operators, which took place in January 2011, and a web-based survey, which will be emailed to dive operators Caribbean wide April 2011.

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Coral Bleaching and Dive Operators in the Caribbean: Observations, Understanding and Response

The increasing frequency of coral bleaching events is beginning to greatly impact dive tourism destinations, and the Caribbean region is no exception. With this region being highly dependent on tourism, of which dive tourism is a valued part, the Caribbean and its tourism industry have much to lose. This paper examines the impacts of coral bleaching on dive tourism operators across the Caribbean region. This multi-phase study consists of interviews with Tobago dive operators, which took place in January 2011, and a web-based survey, which will be emailed to dive operators Caribbean wide April 2011.