Tourism and the challenge of Arctic governance

Horejsova, Tereza and Paris, Cody Morris (2013) Tourism and the challenge of Arctic governance. International Journal of Tourism Policy, 5 (1/2). p. 113. ISSN 1750-4090

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Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between tourism and the challenges of governance in the Arctic region. Recently, both political and academic interest in the Arctic has been on the rise as a result of the increasing geopolitical importance of the region. Changes of the climatic conditions and melting of the Arctic ice caps have resulted in increased access to the “world´s last wilderness”. The increased access and interest are contributing to a growing number of tourists visiting the North. As yearly arrivals continue to rise, a number of problematic issues need to be addressed. This paper reviews the main instruments relevant to the discussion of tourism currently employed in the governance of the Arctic, and critically evaluates the insufficiencies of the current legal framework for Arctic governance and regulation of tourism in the Arctic. It concludes that although tourism in the Arctic has a number of advantages, particularly for the indigenous populations, the current legal and regulatory framework in the region lacks the scope and authority to minimize the potential (and increasing) environmental, economic, and social risks associated with increased tourism and other human activity in the region.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 17487
Depositing User: Cody Paris
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 10:12
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 13:16
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17487

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