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Holiday-makers urged to do their research as destinations feel effects of climate change

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate change is causing extreme heat and weather disasters in popular tourist destinations worldwide, impacting travel and tourism severely

🔭 The context: Post-COVID, European holiday spots have seen a large influx of tourists
• However, the recent wildfires and climate-induced disasters underline the risks involved when visiting areas vulnerable to extreme weather 
Currently, average temperatures have risen more than 1.1 degrees Celsius.

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: the fact that  individuals should consider climate risks when choosing vacation destinations, underscores the significant impacts of the climate crisis which are set to permeate all facets of our lives

📈 What's next: As climate-induced disasters increase, tourists may alter their holiday destinations and travel insurance providers may offer additional coverage
• There's an anticipation that more tourists will prefer cooler seasons in traditional summer destinations to avoid extreme heat reshaping tourism, and impacting economies dependent on this sector

💬 One quote: "I think it's a wake-up call for tourists and I would think about where I'd go and I think more and more people who watch the news will consider that" (Professor Susanne Becken, Griffith University)

📈 One stat: Over 20,000 people and tourists were evacuated from three Greek islands due to recent wildfires

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