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Marine Tourism, Climate Change, and Resilience in the Caribbean, Volume II by Samantha Hogenson, Martha Honey, Kreg Ettenger

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CHAPTER 1

Introduction

Kreg Ettenger

Tourism is a major economic activity in the Caribbean, generating US$56.4 billion in total annual revenue and contributing 13.4 percent of total regional employment in 2016.1 A heavy reliance on marine-based tourism means that the region is especially susceptible to the types of impacts that climate change will have, and is already having, on ecosystems and the physical environment throughout the Caribbean and across the globe. Specifically, damage to coral reefs, beaches, mangroves, seagrass beds, and other critical habitats are impacting the types of activities in which marine tourists engage, namely fishing, snorkeling and diving, surfing, and sailing. In addition, the physical and economic infrastructures ...

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