NS29 Session 30

29th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research
Shaping mobile futures: Challenges and possibilities in precarious times

21-23 September 2021


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Title: Staying with the trouble of cruise communities in a post-covid world

Organisers: Hindertje (Hin) Hoarau-Heemstra (organiser), Karin Wigger, Carina Ren and Albina Pashkevich (co-organisers)

Affiliation: Nordic Cruise Research Network



Until 2020, cruise activities have been growing rapidly in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions due to increased mobility, climate change and international interest to experience the nature and societies of the Arctic. The Covid-19 pandemic brought a sudden halt to Arctic cruise tourism in 2020 and left many communities wondering if and how cruise tourism will pick up in a post-Covid world.

Arctic cruise tourism can be an interesting business opportunity that has the potential to provide additional income for coastal communities. However, sustainable development is necessary to mitigate and prevent negative impacts from the tourism industry (either in the case of over-tourism or under-tourism) and to protect local natural, social and cultural resources.

In this session we welcome researchers to present studies addressing ecological, economical and societal aspects of cruise tourism in the Arctic. In search for an optimal balance for Arctic cruise activities, we like to discuss what kinds of challenges and possibilities have been identified from the perspective of local communities and the cruise industry and how Arctic tourism communities are defining, governing and implementing the principles of sustainability in order to prevent negative impacts from the cruise tourism industry. Qualitative case studies as well as quantitative studies are welcomed to this session. 

A group of researchers affiliated to the Nordic Cruise Research Network will start the session with Pecha Kucha to present a short presentation of the project ‘Caring4Cruise - Sustainable Arctic Cruise Communities: from practice to governance’ that runs from September 2020 until the end of 2023 (funded by the Research Council of Norway).