Tourism is often associated with beaches, sun and relaxation by the pool. Lately the leisure segment has deviated more towards pursuing a different type of holiday. Tourists have had their fill of standardized holiday destinations which hide behind a veneer of perfection. An increasing number of tourists are opting for an authentic holiday – The keywords are authentic, remote, unspoiled nature - In short somewhere off the beaten path. Smaller cold water island destinations are experiencing a rising influx of tourists. This provides the destinations with a whole new set of planning challenges related to multiple governmental areas, both on a national and local scale. Smaller islands often have a delicate ecosystem. And due to their size their tourist carrying capacity is limited and their ecosystems are easily disrupted by groups of tourists. This is caused by uninformed tourists not knowing how to behave, either because of their own ignorance – or due to lack of information provided by the destination. The concepts of sustainability, planning and development are often not applied to their full extent by the destination stakeholders. Applying the aforementioned concepts to the Faroe Islands lead to the following problem statement: How can the development of the tourist sector benefit from planning and which specific concepts do you need to take into consideration in order for minimize the environmental impact brought on by an increased number of tourists. To provide an answer for this, key stakeholders within the Faroe Islands tourism industry were interviewed. Their insights proved invaluable during the course of the paper. The interviewees represented a broad spectrum of the Faroese tourism machine – from environmental biologist, marketing executives and even the Faroese minister of trade and industry to name a few. Coupling the findings with theories on sustainability, tourism and tourism planning, there is a clear indication that while the Faroe Islands are marketed as unspoiled and unexplored they are on their way to be the exact opposite. This is caused both by locals adhering to old traditions without any social structure on how to conduct themselves and by the unrestricted access tourists have across the islands. Furthermore there is a distinct lack of support from the government coupled with an over ambitious strategy from the tourism association which ultimately can result in the Faroe Islands cannibalizing their own natural resources before they have reached their tourism goals.
|Uddannelser||Plan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||14 aug. 2014|
- tourism planning
- faroe islands
- cold water islands