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Making Russian Arctic accessible for tourists: analysis of the institutional barriers
Högskolan Dalarna.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6557-3876
2014 (English)In: Polar Geography, ISSN 1088-937X, E-ISSN 1939-0513, Vol. 37, no 2, 137-156 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent improvements in nature protection in the European territory of Russia's Arctic islands and archipelagoes – such as the creation of the Russian Arctic National Park – have also resulted in an increase in visitation to this area. This study uses the Key Informants' Technique to analyze Russian tourism planning and development of this territory since 2011. The majority of the principle stakeholders identified for this study agreed that these areas have great potential for tourism development and are already attracting both foreign and Russian tourists. At the same time, impediments to foreign cruise companies and individual travelers spell rather gloomy prospects for further destination development in the area. The contradictions of the current stage of tourism development support the assumption that Russia's territorial interests still prevail. Tourism development appears to be a top-down enterprise, organized by less experienced tourism developers and bureaucrats and without consideration for the long-term perspective.

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2014. Vol. 37, no 2, 137-156 p.
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tourism development, Russia
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Social and Economic Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89720DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2014.919040OAI: diva2:723266
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Available from: 2014-06-10 Created: 2014-06-10 Last updated: 2016-09-15

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