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Why is climate important for tourism?: the tourism–climate interface

This chapter provides an introduction to the multifaceted relationships between climate and tourism. It outlines the development of this fi eld of study over the past 50 years, and examines the defi ning characteristics of climate as a resource and constraint for tourism. The specifi c infl uences of weather and climate on several major tourism stakeholders – tourists, tourism operators and destinations – and their use of weather and climate information in decision-making are discussed: destination choice, resort design, tourism operations and marketing. The importance of communication of weather and climate information in the tourism sector is also addressed in this chapter.