The impact of Airbnb hosts on Arctic local economies

This Nordregio ACP project's aim is to investigate how Airbnb hosts contribute to sustainable tourism development in rural and remote regions. The number of Airbnb hosts has been increasing in peripheries in the recent decade, attracting tourists as an alternative source of income and providing opportunities for local entrepreneurship. Airbnb-based tourism can have positive and negative impacts on the local economies. The main goal of the project is to study Airbnb hosts and their contribution to the sustainable destination development and community formation in local economies in Northern Jutland (Denmark), North Iceland (Iceland) and Nordland (Norway), which represent typical Nordic rural and peripheral areas.

Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir, director of ITRC, is the project manager for the Icelandic part of the project. Working alongside her on the Icelandic team is Vera Vilhjálmsdóttir, researcher at ITRC.