December 9, 2009
By Julianna Priskin
63% of tourists preferred a landscape free of wind turbines from the hotel bedroom, while 28% were neutral and 9% were positive. The authors suggest visitor perceptions about wind farms are based on where they are. Thus, opinions about wind farms are likely to change if one has a passing view for a few seconds while driving by compared to having a longer, static view from a hotel room. (Scotland referenced in this study)
Like many places, Québec has also created a policy framework to increase energy production from renewable sources such as wind. Wind farm construction presents numerous challenges, but from a tourism viewpoint, it has a direct visual impact on scenic landscapes and an indirect effect on industry due to potential economic losses. Opponents to wind farms believe that constructing large, towering metal structures creates an industrialized landscape in rural and natural areas, which some people consider to be detrimental.