Title

Waiting for the Wave: Assessing the Vulnerability of Tourism in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, to Tsunamis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Department

Geography and Geology

Abstract

Despite recent global growth in tourism, there is a dearth of research on its impacts in developing world communities located in hazard-prone regions. This article utilizes the Sustainability Vulnerability Framework (SVF) to examine the vulnerability of the tourism community of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, which was severely damaged by a tsunami in 1992. Drawing from field research conducted in 2012, we identify 19 factors contributing to the vulnerability of the community and demonstrate the applicability of the SVF as a way to assess vulnerability and identify mitigations in other tourism communities.

Publication Title

Journal of Latin American Geography

Volume

13

Issue

3

First Page

11

Last Page

35

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