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Economic impact and water use trade-offs and synergies: a case study of the cyprus tourism sector

Hadjikakou, Michalis, Chenoweth, Jonathan, Miller, Graham and Druckman, Angela 2013, Economic impact and water use trade-offs and synergies: a case study of the cyprus tourism sector, in ECSEE 2013 : Proceedings of the European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2013, International Academic Forum, Nagoya, Japan, pp. 77-97.

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Title Economic impact and water use trade-offs and synergies: a case study of the cyprus tourism sector
Author(s) Hadjikakou, MichalisORCID iD for Hadjikakou, Michalis orcid.org/0000-0002-3667-3982
Chenoweth, Jonathan
Miller, Graham
Druckman, Angela
Conference name Sustainability, Energy and the Environment. European Conference (2013 : Brighton, Eng.)
Conference location Brighton, Eng.
Conference dates 2013/07/04 - 2013/07/07
Title of proceedings ECSEE 2013 : Proceedings of the European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2013
Editor(s) Picken, S. D. B.
Haldane, J.
Publication date 2013
Conference series European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment
Start page 77
End page 97
Total pages 20
Publisher International Academic Forum
Place of publication Nagoya, Japan
Summary Water issues have been gaining importance on the global political agenda in recent years. Nevertheless, water scarcity issues are inherently local. The impact of tourism activities on local water resources remains an understudied issue. Tourism is highly heterogeneous and offers a plethora of different products which cater for different tastes and budgets at different times of the year. Tourism products differ in terms of their economic impact but also in terms of their demand for water and other resources.Direct use of water by the tourism industry, which includes water used in hotels, golf courses, water parks and other tourism establishments, is relatively well understood. In addition to this volume of water, substantially more is required indirectly to produce food and other products which cater for tourism demand. Quantifying both the direct and indirect components is essential to understanding total water demand and productivity in the tourism sector. The common perception in Cyprus and other tourism economies is that high-spending tourists represent the most desirable market segment. However, this assertion is rarely based on economic yield assessments and ignores environmental impacts. The present research uses Environmental Input-Output (EIO) analysis along with detailed tourism expenditure data in order to quantify economic and water use synergies and trade-offs, for different tourism markets in Cyprus. The results suggest that different market segments vary significantly in terms of their economic return in relation to total water use. Consequently, there are important sustainability implications for policymakers and destination managers in water scarce destinations.
ISSN 2188-1146
Language eng
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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