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Anishinabe Experience, Golden Lake, Ontario

Adventure Travel and Ecotourism Best Practices Tour 2000, The Economic Planning Group of Canada on behalf of The Canadian Tourism Commission, July, 2000

Ensure that financial resources will remain in your area and region.

We have extended our programming for the winter. However, I can’t feel comfortable offering our Tee Pee accommodations in the winter, knowing my guests will be too cold, so arrangements have been made with a local B&B for accommodations. Programming continues, and financial resources stay within our region.

Pyhän Tunturila, Päivi Suutari, Finland

“Food is one of the important components of our tourism product. We get ideas from around the world, but we prepare the meals by using local resources. For the upcoming summer, we have an agreement with a local farmer to deliver us turnips, dill, parsley, etc. The moose and reindeer meat come from our municipality. The fish comes from a nearby lake or from another local supplier.”

But this operator points out that it takes effort to set up this system:

“The cooperation has not been smooth all the time and the food circle hasn’t worked efficiently. We ourselves have had to be active and contact the farmers to make the cooperation work."

Frontiers North, Manitoba and Nunavut, Canada

We take our clients on community tours and encourage them to buy local arts and crafts.

Polar Sea Adventures, Nunavut

We often include ‘community days’ in our packages [which allow clients the opportunity to get to know the community, make purchases and use services].

Orkney Island Holidays

Quoted from Greening Scottish Tourism Case Studies, Tourism and Environment Forum

Orkney Island Holidays endeavors to offer a unique experience for visitors through small friendly groups, expert guiding, excellent accommodation, exciting days and relaxed evenings. Through their day trips, the Hollinrakes offer a diverse natural and cultural experience with a conservation edge.

The business networks with other businesses on the island such as tour operators and boat businesses. Marketing opportunities are shared between these businesses whenever practical. The Hollinrakes source food from local producers and shops as much as possible. Both fish and local produce are used in the dishes prepared for guests during their stay.

Bluewater Adventures

“in recognition of our role as an ‘ecotourism’ company, we buy all food and fuel locally, promote the local area with our visitors and provide them a list of local accommodation to lengthen their trip locally outside the protected area. Last year we started organizing a one-day add-on local trip to visit the local museum, and enjoy a native Haida dinner hosted in a local home. We seek to hire resource people locally and are starting to have success.”

Kari Kaakkurivaara, shopkeeper, Finland

Seventy percent of the souvenirs we sell are made in Rautajoki. But we cannot really buy all our food locally. Berries and fish we can buy from a local refinery and reindeer we purchase from Savukoski. We don’t yet have a good local product in reindeer meat – one of the major problems being the difficulty in operating according to the requirements of the health laws.

Uncommon Journeys, Yukon Territory, Canada
(provides dogsled trips and training)

Most of our business activities take place on the land rather than in the community, however, one thing we are able to do for the community is to provide free dog care seminars for local school classes. We also sponsor women who have been victims of family violence to attend Canada Outward Bound programs. [skills and confidence building]

Nunavut, Canada

The Unikkaarvik Centre (Iqaluit) and the Nattinnak Centre (Pond Inlet), along with other centres within the Territory, are visitor/interpretive centres constructed with government funding to provide tourist services and to promote local tourism businesses. Both these centres have developed numerous visitor programs but during the winter season they also provide a broad range of programs for community residents:

  • Programs for elders (particularly those with mobility problems)
  • Cultural programs for school classes
  • After school clubs
  • Special events for residents
  • Inuit Art experience for visitors and residents
  • Sewing classes for community women

This is to name only some of the ways in which residents benefit from these facilities.

Nutti Sami Siida, Sweden

The guides and the staff members must be proud of telling about our [the Sami] way of living and represent what our product is promising. The guide has a very important part in our arrangements – they are the ones who can make our inheritance lifelike by showing how we are working with the reindeer, cooking traditional foods, and wearing Sami clothing. But above all, they can in a real and genuine way tell about how the Sami are living and have been living because they have strong connections to the traditions themselves.

Uncommon Journeys, Yukon Territory, Canada [dog team trips, dog handling training]

We purchase all of our dog food locally. This is a considerable additional expense since we pay about 20 % more than we would by bringing dog food in from the ‘south’. The Yukon businesses try to give us the best discount they can afford and when we are really in need they ‘treat us royally’.

The return on investment is not always in strict financial terms...but when we have urgent needs we ended up with vehicle loans, building supplies and other kinds of support.




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