Arctic Tourism in Times of Change


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The seasonal nature of tourism is increasingly receiving the attention of various actors: tourism destination planners and economic development strategists at all levels, tour operators and the diverse businesses that significantly depend on tourism, and the host communities who negotiate tourism’s potential to have both positive and negative impacts. The research report at hand identifies and discusses four main perspectives on the issues of seasonal tourism in the Arctic: local community perspectives; employment and workforce issues; the Arctification of northern tourism; and global environmental change. These themes form the key issues around which the challenges and opportunities related to seasonality of tourism can be placed and worked with. Based on the discussion, the report outlines recommendations related to developing a thriving and sustainable tourism sector in Arctic Europe.



Local community perspectives on seasonality

Seasonality needs to be examined from the point of view of the challenges it brings to those impacted by tourism at all levels. There are diverse community-related perspectives to consider, among them: community members (residents), tourism entrepreneurs, including small-scale lifestyle tour operators, larger-scale business and corporate tourism leaders, destination management organizations (DMOs) and the public sector at all levels. The chapter summarizes key issues associated with diverse perspectives involved in tourism and seasonality. Sustainable development of Arctic tourism can be strengthened by building development strategies and plans with long-term perspective that is inherent in engaging in community development and caring for environments. Hence, when working with seasonality, attention should be paid to how tourism intertwines in local environments, is embedded in local communities and enmesh in local economies.


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