Rethinking connectivity in Arctic tourism development

Carina Ren, Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson, Magnús Haukur Ásgeirsson, Sarah Woodall, Nathan Reigner

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Abstract

This paper explores tourism development in Greenland using connectivity as a prism to explore the emerging challenges and opportunities brought about by vast distances and limited and costly accessibility. We introduce the current tourism situation in Greenland in a context of broader development patterns and currents in Arctic tourism. Based on interviews, workshops and policy analysis, we point to three pressing conversations in Greenlandic tourism: governance, tourism data and capacity. Drawing on the concepts of ‘islandness’ and (dis)connectivity, we suggest that Greenland is not one, but several, only partially connected destinations. We end up arguing for a greater need for sensitivity and tailoring in tourism policy making and for future initiatives to take geographical and ‘situational’ differences into account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103705
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Volume105
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Marketing

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