This international project is funded through the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020. The project investigates “cultural sensitivity” as a core value in the development of support systems for start-ups and existing small and medium-sized enterprises offering innovative tourism products and services.
Expanding tourist interest in the Arctic brings unforeseen opportunities to maintain local livelihoods and lifestyles. The project partners in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Canada and Denmark/Greenland highlight the pressing demand for new tourism products and services that engage respectfully with the rich natural and cultural resources of the Arctic region.
As the Canadian project partner, the University of Waterloo is leading activities in relation to understanding and supporting culturally sensitive tourism development in the Canadian Arctic.
See the ARCTISEN website for more details.