Extreme weather threatens small tourism businesses in the United States


Extreme weather is becoming an increasingly significant challenge for small businesses in the United States that rely on summer tourism. 

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While the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the tourism industry, many small businesses are now experiencing a gradual recovery. However, extreme weather, such as heatwaves, wildfires, and storms, has become a determining factor negatively affecting these businesses.

The increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is impacting businesses that depend on coastal tourism and outdoor activities. 

For instance, hurricanes can temporarily shut down tourist resorts and damage properties, resulting in economic losses and a lengthy period of repair. Furthermore, extreme weather conditions like unusual snowfall or forest fires can adversely affect businesses operating in national parks and natural areas.

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Small business owners in the tourism industry are concerned about the long-term impact of climate change on their operations. The intensification of climate events and growing climate-related uncertainty can hinder tourism and the local economy in affected areas. 

Businesses reliant on tourism are seeking ways to adapt to these changing climate conditions, such as diversifying their offerings or implementing emergency preparedness measures.