Fostering Culturally-Sensitive Practices in Tourism

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Free webinar coming up on October 7th!

Time 9-11EST, 11-13 WGST, 15-17 CEST and 16-18 EEST.


Welcome: you can now sign up for our upcoming webinar on Cultural Sensitivity!

Gain new insights from Arctic tourism researchers and Indigenous tourism experts from Australia, and get inspired by a culturally sensitive approach to tourism development.

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Fortchoming benchmarking workshops

It’s time to connect!

The Arctisen team will organize a webinar series of 4 digital workshops, where the project’s tourism entrepreneurs can connect with, and learn from each other! In 2019, we all met in Greenland for an amazing benchmark trip . Due to Covid-19, we will now turn to a digital platform wherein we provide an informative and inspirational program!

The first one is organized by Arctisen Norway and will focus on the ways local culture is represented in tourism. How can we move away from stereotypes? It will be held on the 26th of April, at 14-16 CEST*.

* All partners and associated entrepreneurs will receive a personal invitation, as this event is by invitation only. We can’t wait to see you again!

Mikroyrittäyyden Pohjoinen työpaja Rovaniemellä / Event in Rovaniemi for microentrepreneurs (language of the event: Finnish)

Mikroyrittäjyyden Pohjoinen työpaja järjestetään neljännen kerran 19.-20.9.2019 Rovaniemellä. Paikkana on Rovaniemen uuden uutukainen tapahtumatila ja teemana kannattavuuden ja rahoituksen teemat. Tervetuloa verkostoitumaan ja tekemään uusia kasvun avauksia!

Kasvuhaluiset mikroyritykset, yrittäjät ja erilaiset sidosryhmät ovat tervetulleita Lapin sydämeen, ruskan ajan Rovaniemelle. Järjestettävän tapahtuman tarkoituksena on tarjota mikroyrityksille yhteistyö- ja verkostoitumisfoorumi sekä uusia ideoita kasvuun ja kasvun rahoittamiseen. Pikatreffi-konseptilla toteutettava Micromatch maksimoi uusien yhteistyötahojen määrän. Tapahtumassa kuulemme myös elämänmakuisia, koskettavia, ja informoivia tarinoita, miten muut mikroyrittäjät ovat jo kasvunsa rahoittaneet ja toteuttaneet. Paikalla on sekä rahoituksen ja että kannattavuuden asiantuntijoita tarjoamassa apuaan yrittäjille.

 Lisätietoja tapahtumasta Microentren sivuilta. Ilmoittautumaan tapahtumaan pääset tästä linkistä.

ARCTISEN hanke on mukana yhteistyössä järjestämässä tapahtumaa. Tervetuloa mukaan jutustelemaan meidän kanssamme alueen latauspisteeseen!

The language of the event is Finnish.


Special Session on Culturally Sensitive Tourism

28th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research 23 – 25 October 2019 at Roskilde University, Denmark


Culturally sensitive tourism in the Arctic

Chairs: Carina Ren (ren(at), Aalborg University, Denmark, Emily Höckert (emily.hockert(at), Kjell Olsen (kjell.o.olsen(at), Bryan Grimwood (grimwood(at), Outi Kugapi (outi.kugapi(at)

The purpose of the session is to gather around the notion of cultural sensitivity in tourism settings. Expanding tourist interest in the Arctic is bringing unforeseen opportunities and demand for new tourism products and services that draw on the cultural and natural resources of the region. Simultaneously, limited knowledge of indigenous and other local cultures in Northern communities calls for more open and responsible dialogue among different tourism actors. In these settings, we wish to continue the ongoing discussions about the ways in which indigenous and local cultures can be defined, categorized and utilized in sensitive and meaningful ways across the Arctic (see Viken & Müller 2017). The session welcomes conceptual, methodological and empirical explorations around cultural sensitivity. The research papers can draw attention, for instance, to the values of sensitivity and responsibility in tourism entrepreneurs’ work, and how tourism researchers and practitioners engage with tourism development in general (see Höckert 2018; Ren, Jóhannesson & van der Duim 2017). The session is open for critical examination of the conventional division between culture and nature in the ways we think, investigate and develop tourism within, and beyond, the Arctic (see Grimwood 2015). The gathering is co-hosted by members of ARCTISEN-project (2018-2021).

The World Indigenous Tourism Summit (WITS 2020)

WITS 2020 carries a promise of collaboration, fellowship and the sharing of strong commitment to improving the well-being of Indigenous societies and sacred Mother Earth


A World Forum to advance opportunities for Indigenous Peoples in tourism

The World Indigenous Tourism Summit (WITS 2020) will be an enriching experience where participants can impart and gain knowledge of the vital intersections among tourism, community and earth stewardship. Participants will learn more about the values that make Indigenous tourism special and unique…values of respect, generosity, hospitality and authentic earth wisdom.


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