Hot Weather Might Drive Visitors Away From France, Greece, & Spain

All tourists enjoy sunny and nice weather, but the heat wave that has been felt in the past summer season, especially in countries like Greece, Spain and France, might push visitors to seek other and cooler destinations.

According to the Climate Perception Index, calculated by the data company for tourism, Mabrian, the weather is one of the main reasons for tourists choosing a destination, and as these countries are experiencing higher temperatures, tourists might be less interested in these destinations next year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“This means that their perception of the trip, in general, has also undergone changes. In fact, tourists who have suffered a heat wave during their stay in the destination present a generalised and significant drop in the score on what they think of the experience and their global perception of the trip,” the report from Mabrian explains.

Moreover, the drop in satisfaction can suggest a high possibility that visitors will no longer return to these destinations, also taking into account the increase in accommodation prices during the summer season.

On the other hand, the Climate Perception Index shows that the United Kingdom might become a new destination for travellers, as tourists who visited the UK this summer have shown a better perception of the weather compared to data from the previous year.

Based on the data from the climate satisfaction indicator, tourists now prefer less popular destinations, as they are more likely to be found in less crowded places, and such countries will see their economy increase as a result of incoming visitors.

This change doesn’t imply that all tourists will be moving to beaches in Northern Europe, but destinations in the north of France or Spain may see a rise in popularity due to this trend. Similarly, hotel companies should start taking these factors into account when they decide to open or where to invest.

According to the Global Climate Resilience Ranking, published by Henley and Partners, only 15 countries have been qualified as having higher resilience in terms of climate, with a score of 60 or over out of a total of 100. Germany, the United Kingdom and Switzerland have been ranked in the top first positions on this index.

“If any good news can be taken from these bleak results, it is that fifteen countries are hosting formal investment migration programs that are classified as higher or medium resilience, giving global investors alternative residence or citizenship options to choose from if they find themselves in a lower resilience location,” the CEO of Henley and Partners, Juerg Steffen, pointed out.

The United States hold first place, with a climate resilience score of a total of 70.6.

 

Source: schengenvisainfo.com