The contradictory role of tourism in the northern peripheries: overcrowding, overtourism and the importance of tourism for rural development

Rannveig Olafsdottir, Seija Tuulentie, Gestur Hovgaard, Karl Brix Zinglersen, Marita Svarta, Hans Holt Poulsen, Marie Sendergaard

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Abstract

Until recently, tourism has been relatively small in the Arctic and northern peripheral areas. During the past two decades things have changed rapidly, and today tourism is the new economic stimulus of the region. The dilemma between the need to develop tourism to strengthen rural development and the challenges that overtourism places on the sustainability of social, cultural and natural environments is the focus of this chapter. The results stress the major drivers of tourism overcrowding in the northern periphery to be the pace and rapidness of growth in visitor numbers, and the lack of holistic understanding and long-term land use planning for tourism. High visitor numbers create pressure at destinations lacking resilient land use management plans. This, in turn, causes tension between residents and visitors and moreover, a degraded experience for visitors. While such chain reactions vary in time and space depending on local conditions, there is clear evidence pointing towards the critical importance of integrating local knowledge into the planning process at the earliest possible stage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSharing Knowledge for Land Use Management
Subtitle of host publicationDecision-Making and Expertise in Europe's Northern Periphery
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Pages86-99
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781789901894
ISBN (Print)9781789901887
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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