Category: Finland

Who needs guidelines for culturally sensitive tourism?

Text: Monika Lüthje In our previous blog post Kjell Olsen and Outi Kugapi discussed about guidelines and roadmaps for culturally sensitive tourism. They pointed out that local entrepreneurs are not waiting or hoping for new guidelines to run their tourism businesses in a culturally sensitive way. This approach is understandable: being part of the local …

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REINVENTING STORIES IN ARCTIC TOURISM DESTINATIONS: Cultural sensitivity in times of the pandemic

By Elsbeth Bembom & Randy Bruin As explored in the previous blog post on Arctic tourism and the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism entrepreneurs and local DMOs have had to rethink their products and marketing strategies to adapt to a growing staycation market as a consequence of the pandemic. This blog post zooms in on issues of …

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ARCTIC TOURISM IN A PANDEMIC: LOSSES, GAINS AND SURPRISING OUTCOMES

  How has Covid–19 affected Arctic tourism and what challenges, trends and innovations are on the rise among local tourism entrepreneurs? During the last few weeks, Elsbeth Bembom from ARCTISEN has been talking to tourism experts from Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Finland to explore Arctic’s current tourism landscape. Corona-proof, behind her desk.   While the …

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Different Stories: Teaching Sámi Cultures in Tourism

Text and photos: Ella Björn Why learn about Sámi cultures? Indigenous cultures are critical to our planet’s cultural diversity. Over the years in Finland, tourism entrepreneurs have spread stereotypical and inaccurate information about Sámi cultures. Although exploitation in tourism has decreased in recent times and Sámi people have started their own businesses, the need to …

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(N)ICE SCULPTING

Arctic Art and Design students’ visit in Hetta Text: Chau, Emmanuel, Gu, Yiling & Misia Video and images : Chau-Hsien Kuo We are a group of Arctic Art and Design students from the University of Lapland in Finland who travelled to Hetta, in north-west Finland, for the annual ice sculpting competition. The peace-themed competition was …

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Hei from Finnish Lapland, Enontekiö and familyhotel Hetan Majatalo!

  We are proud to start publishing posts from our associated partners, who are really important part of this project. First one comes from Finland, from Enontekiö, and Tiina will participate to our first benchmark-journey to Greenland later this year. Enjoy! *** I am Tiina Vuontisjärvi, the fourth generation at Hotel Hetan Majatalo. Enontekiö is …

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