Future tourism in the Arctic – where are the winners and losers?
|Theme||1. Environmental protection|
|Session Name||1.7 Arctic tourism and global change|
|Author(s)||Kaarina Tervo-Kankare (University of Oulu, Finland)|
This winter, tourism and global climate change has been in the media headlines in different contexts. In general, the big audience seems to be more interested in the impacts of climate change on tourism than vice versa. But what do we know about this topic currently, and what kind of conclusions can we draw from the data and research available?
Earlier research has indicated that the level and meaning of the influence of changing climate on activities, tourist images and experiences vary a lot, but no general picture of future tourism in the changing Arctic has been presented yet. Thus, it is important to shed light on the potential benefiters and losers with a wider perspective, and to present viewpoints for addressing future challenges in tourism practice and development in the whole Arctic.
This presentation reviews and discusses the research conducted on the impacts of climate change on tourism. The research presented reflects on empirical data collected between 2007 and 2014 in the Finnish Arctic context, and reviews this data and its implications in the light of other related research conducted. Main focus is on the diversity of impacts on different tourism forms and locations, and their implications for tourism in the wider Arctic.
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