Economic importance of tourism for ‘goldfields region’:
The direct contribution of tourism to the total regional economy (2013-2014) is 2.9%.
For the Bendigo Loddon subregion, tourism provided:
5.4% of employment.
2.8% gross regional product.
2.8% gross regional value added.
According to Michailidou et al (2016) tourism is one of the most climate-sensitive economic sectors. According to Tourism Victoria (2008) 'climate change is anticipated to have profound implications that could fundamentally transform aspects of the tourism sector both here in Victoria and in other parts of the world’.
• Higher temperatures will present opportunities for extended peak and shoulder seasons and resulting increased tourism expenditure;
• The potential impacts on ecosystems could affect the natural beauty of certain destinations with distinctive landscapes;
• Increased risks of bushfires, drought and other natural disasters could threaten the future viability of many tourist destinations and businesses;
• Places currently enjoyed by visitors may become less attractive and water may become more scarce reducing water-based recreation opportunities.
• Increased risks of bushfires and floods may also reduce the number of visitors wishing to visit parks and Parks Victoria may need to close parks to visitors during extreme fire or flood danger periods.
MICHAILIDOU, AV; VLACHOKOSTAS, C; MOUSSIOPOULOS, Ν. (2016), Interactions between climate change and the tourism sector: multiple-criteria decision analysis to assess mitigation and adaptation options in tourism areas, Tourism Management. 55, 1-12.
Victorian Government (2016), accessed 20th March 2016, < http://www.tourismexcellence.com.au/sustainability-in-tourism/changing-climate-changing-business/how-might-tourism-be-affected.html>.
Victorian Government (2008), ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE TOURISM STRATEGIC PLAN 2009-2012, viewed on 20th March 2016, < https://www.google.com.au/#q=tourism ++victoria+impacts+of+climate+change+2008 >.