The Arctic is often portrayed as a global periphery and at the same time, it has increasingly gained attention for reasons related to geopolitics, natural resource extraction, and climate change impacts. In all of this, tourism plays an important role: creating powerful images and, actually, attracting people into the Arctic area. Hence, regularly tourism is identified as a tool for local and regional development, for creating employment, and for sustaining communities in the North. However, utilizing tourism for these purposes requires effective infrastructure solutions enabling mobility to, from, and within the region. Moreover, the increasing interest for tourism during the winter season requires additional safety preparations and services from tourism providers.
Tourist mobilities in the Arctic are challenging not only from a transportation perspective. They may also differ in relation to comfort and embodied experiences. Altogether, this favors accessible places like Arctic cities that have the necessary infrastructure to cater for the qualitative and quantitative requirements of a global tourism demand. At the same time, remote places remain less likely to be visited, which contributes to increasingly uneven geographies even within the Arctic. Against this background, this session aims at discussing the complex nexus of tourism, mobilities and globalization in the context of the Arctic. Paper submission for this session should present theoretical or empirical illustrations of these complex relationships.
This session is jointly hosted by the University of the Arctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism and the International Polar Tourism Research Network.