Tourism in India and the impact of weather and climate

Padhra, Anil ORCID: (2022) Tourism in India and the impact of weather and climate. In: Indian Tourism: Diaspora Perspectives. Emerald Publishing, India, pp. 187-197. ISBN 9781802629385

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In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, India’s tourism industry has the opportunity to further grow and expand through the development and implementation of sustainable policies. The diversity of India’s geography is observed in its weather which is variable both spatially and temporally throughout the year. The number of foreign tourist arrivals into the country is influenced by the seasonal weather changes and significant reductions in visitors are observed during the monsoon season. In future decades, the changing climate has the potential to further shape tourism patterns. Warmer temperatures and an increased frequency of high intensity rainfall are the two most common predictions for the future climate of India. This will result in a shorter winter tourism season in the northern states where a cold climate currently enables winter sports activities such as skiing and snowboarding. Coastal tourism along India’s vast coast may become less attractive to tourists due to damage and disruption to coral reefs and marine wildlife. Sea-level rise and coastal erosion may push beach tourists to more desirable and scenic destinations. India’s transport infrastructure is key to enable the safe and efficient movement of tourists in urban areas and around the country. The current weather is already impacting the air, road and rail networks and further challenges are highly likely due to a changing climate. There is still opportunity for India’s tourism industry to adapt through physical and policy developments which would make India a more competitive and sustainable tourism destination.

Item Type: Book Section
Identifier: 10.1108/978-1-80262-937-820221013
Additional Information: This author accepted manuscript is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) licence. This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact
Keywords: Weather and Climate, Climate Change, Tourism Trends, Indian Monsoon, Climate Risks and Adaptation
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism > Tourism
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Depositing User: Anil Padhra
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 08:47
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2022 09:48


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