Basic information
Original title:
Climate Change and its Impact on Tourism in the Alpine Space
Researchers involved:
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1 September 2008–1 September 2011

ClimAlpTour is an international project of transnational cooperation within the Alpine Space Programme. It aims at dealing with the internationally recognized issue of the effects of climate change on alpine tourism. The issue of providing appropriate strategies to ensure a balanced development of alpine tourism, the preparation of appropriate adaptation policies at the national, regional and local level and the assessment of the economic and social effects of climate change on tourism was a central issue in several studies. Taking into account their results Alpine tourism needs to be rethinked and both public institutions and private stakeholders have to grasp the challenge of a new idea of tourism which goes beyond the traditional vision of tourism activities. This project will provide a sound knowledge of the different aspects of impacts of climate change on alpine tourism, deliver it to stakeholders and policy makers and formulate concrete adaptation strategies to apply in selected areas.


Final publication of the ClimAlpTour project:

- Slovenian version,
- English version,
- German version,
- Italian version,
- French version.

Key links

Project manager at ZRC


Regione Veneto, Venezia (Region of Veneto, Venice) • Universität Innsbruck (Innsbruck University, Innsbruck) • United Nation Environment Programme in Vienna • Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Forschungstelle für Freizeit, Tourismus und Landschaft, Institut für Landschaft und Freiraum, Rapperswil (University of Applied Sciences, Research Centre for Leisure, Tourism and Landscape, Institute for Landscape and Op • Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft HTW Chur, Institut für Tourismus- und Freizeitforschung, Chur (University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur, Institute for Tourism and Leisure Research, Chur) • Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale Valais, Institut Economie & Tourisme, Sierre (University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland Valais, Institute of Economics & Tourism, Sierre) • Alpenforschungsinstitut GmbH, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Alpine Research Institute, Garmisch-Partenkirchen) • Hochschule München, Fakultät für Tourismus, München (University of Applied Sciences Munich, Faculty of Tourism, Munich) • Institut de la Montagne - Universitè de Savoie (The Mountain Institute, University of Savoy, Le Bourget du Lac) • EURAC Accademia Europea di Bolzano, Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC Research, Bolzano/Bozen) • Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare, Roma (Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Rome) • Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani Piemonte, Torino (National Union of Mountain Municipalities, Communities and Institutions, Piedmontese Delegation, Torino) • Istituto per l'Ecologia e l'Economia Applicate alle Aree Alpine, Milano (Research Institute for Ecology and Economy Applied to Alpine Areas, Milano) • Regione Autonoma Valle d'Aosta, Assessorato Territorio Ambiente e Opere pubbliche, Direzione Ambiente Aosta, Valle d´Aosta (Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region, Environnement Direction, Valle d'Aosta) • Regione Autonoma valle d'Aosta, Direzione Turismo, Saint-Christophe (Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region, Tourism Direction, Saint-Christophe) • World Wide Fund for Nature, Roma, (World Wide Fund for Nature, Rome)

Funded by

European Regional Development Fund


the Alps • climate changes • tourism • adaptation strategies