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The Climate Change Paradox: Small to Medium Tourism Enterprise and Climate Change on the Great Lakes

Presenter Bios (50 Words)

Natalie Chin, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Researcher and the Data Manager for the Arequipa Nexus Institute at Purdue University’s Center for the Environment. Her research interests include combining quantitative modeling of regional climate and hydrology with qualitative interviews to produce actionable science for tourism stakeholders in the Great Lakes.

Jonathon Day, Ph.D., M.B.A., is an Associate Professor in Purdue’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In addition to over 25 academic articles and chapters, he is the author of “Introduction to Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel” and co-author of “The Tourism System 8th Edition”. Dr Day’s research interests focus on sustainable tourism and responsible travel.

Sandra Sydnor, M.B.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management; 20+ years of industry experience as a multi-unit franchisee of Burger King ® restaurants, Columbus, Ohio; executive leadership positions in marketing research and communication agencies; research areas: family-owned businesses; resilience / climate change; and mindfulness outcomes.

Abstract (150 Words)

Climate change will have significant impacts on the tourism system and tourism businesses will need to adapt to the changing environment. Climate change and its impact on tourism is an emerging field but, with the exception of the ski industry, there has been little examination of the responses of Small to Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTE) to climate change. This article examines the responses of SMTE in two destinations on Lake Michigan. It finds that while SMTEs acknowledge the impact of weather on their performance, they are largely unconcerned about climate change and have confidence they can adapt to changes over time. The study highlights the paradox between the existential threat of climate change and the relative small-scale tactical adaptions planned by SMTEs. The study highlights the need to explore indirect impacts of climate change to better understand the challenges facing businesses.

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The Climate Change Paradox: Small to Medium Tourism Enterprise and Climate Change on the Great Lakes

Climate change will have significant impacts on the tourism system and tourism businesses will need to adapt to the changing environment. Climate change and its impact on tourism is an emerging field but, with the exception of the ski industry, there has been little examination of the responses of Small to Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTE) to climate change. This article examines the responses of SMTE in two destinations on Lake Michigan. It finds that while SMTEs acknowledge the impact of weather on their performance, they are largely unconcerned about climate change and have confidence they can adapt to changes over time. The study highlights the paradox between the existential threat of climate change and the relative small-scale tactical adaptions planned by SMTEs. The study highlights the need to explore indirect impacts of climate change to better understand the challenges facing businesses.