Climate Impact and Action: The Travel and Tourism Industry in the Caribbean and Small Island Developing States

Barbados - 3 January 2019

Trade topics: Tourism, Trade and Environment

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like those in the Caribbean region are doubly jeopardized by climate change. They are not major emitters of greenhouse gases, but are amongst the most impacted by the ecological and economic fallout associated with climate change. SIDS are also highly trade and tourism-dependent economies and are therefore very vulnerable to the indirect policy impact from border carbon adjustment measures that would affect international travel and tourism. It is critical therefore to go beyond the ecological impact of climate change to look at its trade effects, especially the impact of mitigation policies on key economic and trade sectors. This brief explores the evolving intersection between climate change and trade governance with an emphasis on the impact of such policies for the travel and tourism industry.