Winter Tourism Industry Feeling Impacts of Climate Change

A recent research report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Protect Our Winters (POW) looks at the direct economic impact of climate change on the winter tourism industry in the USA. A new economic analysis details how the $12.2 billion winter tourism industry across 38 states has experienced an estimated $1 billion loss and up to 27,000 fewer jobs over the last decade due to diminished snow fall patterns and the resulting changes in the outdoor habits of Americans. In addition to tourism, snow-based recreation in the United States has been estimated to contribute $67 billion annually to the U.S. economy and supports over 600,000 jobs. Climate change will spell trouble for all businesses dependent on winter weather from snowmobiling, snowboarding, and ice fishing to snowshoeing and skiing — as well as the other related sectors that depend on winter sports tourists, such as restaurants, lodging, gas stations, grocery stores, and bars.

 

 

LINKS:

Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States is available at:

http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/climate-impacts-winter-tourism.asp

 

Protect Our Winters (POW) website is at: http://protectourwinters.org

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