Australia: Climate change hits NT tourism hard

Tourism in the Northern Territory will be hard hit by climate change, in particular the wetlands of Kakadu National Park, researchers say.

Charles Darwin University’s(CDU) School for Social and Policy Research (SSPR) has found extreme climate change could put at risk many of the major attractions of the world heritage-listed park. This includes the flooding of Aboriginal rock art and the salt water inundation of freshwater wetlands.

The threats are both environmental and economic and CDU Professor of Tourism, Dr Pascal Tremblay, said increasing temperatures and violent storms would be the main offenders. “We can expect more severe cyclones affecting the Top End,” Dr Tremblay said.

“If a category five cyclone like Monica were to make a direct hit on Kakadu, it could wipe out an entire tourist season and have considerable impact on the destination’s market share. “It could also take tourism businesses years to fully recover.”

A national study is currently looking at the implications of global warming on Australia’s tourism sector.

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