It is clear that the pandemic has had a dramatic impact on tourism regions in the short term. Europe has seen a drop of 77% in international visitor numbers in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic, and the UNWTO estimates that 100-120 million jobs are at risk globally. But what will the longer-term impacts be? This blog considers whether tourism regions will bounce back to old development paths after the pandemic or whether it will prove to be a transformative moment, triggering the establishment of new development trajectories. It draws on research, funded by the Regional Studies Association ‘Pandemics, Cities, Regions & Industry Small Grant Scheme’, which has investigated the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism regions and how destination organisations have reacted.
In this blog post, we explore the tourism encounters between Arctic tourism entrepreneurs and domestic tourists in times of the Covid-19 pandemic. What stories about local culture and everyday life are told to the domestic visitors and how are local communities coping with new forms of tourism development?
Dette vidensindspark giver et overblik over, hvordan europæiske destinationer har reageret på covid-19: Er vi på vej tilbage til det velkendte hurtigst muligt? Eller ses der bevægelse i retning af nye former for turisme, der tilpasser sig særlige post-pandemiske forhold?
This blog post explores how the diverse landscape of Arctic tourism has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since traveling across international borders were discouraged and sometimes forbidden due to national policies, local tourism entrepreneurs and DMOs had to adapt their products and stories to fit the needs of the domestic tourist. What challenges, trends and innovations arose in Arctic tourism during the summer of 2020 in Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Finland?
In modern societies, including democracies, substantial gap exists between the public and civic-private spheres[i]. In much more aggravated form, such cleavages remain integral to the daily lives of transnational communities (ethnic groups with persistent transnational ties)[ii]. These are communities often excluded from positions of influence at particularly public institutions. In addition, they often endure recurring discursive public assaults leading to internal and external social and political enclosures with disempowering tendencies. At the same time, they formally subordinate to considerably distant bureaucratic public institutions.Paradoxically, though such binary relationships prevail, the dynamics within and around authority-community encounters and connections generates a dialectical relationship in which involved actors separately and collectively contribute to the formation of alternative social and political understandings and even collaborations.The recent media debates and interactions, in connection with a rather controversial covid-19 prevention case in the Danish city of Aarhus, illustrate the potentiality of revaluating the often static pregiven conceptions of the relationship between public authorities and transnational communities.