Honey, I Sunk the Maldives

Thursday, 19 March 2009 13:12

Environmental changes could wipe out some favorite travel destinations—and the yearly revenues they generate.

As if an eroding worldwide economy weren’t enough to depress travel this year, some hotspots are facing even scarier scenarios: sinking, melting, or literally vanishing from the face of the earth. Thanks to global warming and tourist wear and tear, locales from the Galápagos Islands to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast are breaking down. When they go, these destinations will take billions of dollars in travel revenue with them.

Country: Republic of Maldives
At stake: $490 million
On the Ground:
This chain of islands in the Indian Ocean is about three feet above sea level, and scientists fear it could be submerged by 2050. A $63 million buffer built in the 1990s hasn’t solved the problem, so the government is in talks to relocate all 386,000 of its residents to either Sri Lanka, Australia, or India. That would end the Maldives’ tourism industry—more than 600,000 people visit annually—which accounts for 30 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
By the numbers: The Maldives could be completely submerged as early as 2050.

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Anonymous said...

This is yet another rehash of global warming nonsense, posted first in March/09.
Get the facts, not fictional stories, on global warming:http://www.globalwarmingheartland.com/

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