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.