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Arctic tourism should provide benefits to local economies. The involvement of local people in the planning process of tourism activities and land use helps to ensure that tourism operations address environmental and cultural concerns. This will in turn, provide an opportunity to maximise benefits and minimise the impact to indigenous peoples and the communities. A local connection also leads to a better tourism experience. This principle stands for the employing of staff locally, buying locally produced goods and services and paying tax locally. Tangible benefits from tourism will act as a positive motive power for the indigenous peoples and the local communities.

  • Seek and support involvement and partnerships with indigenous peoples and local communities in tourism operations.
    Encourage indigenous/local participation and ownership; provide investment opportunities or shares to indigenous peoples. Locally based companies should be locally owned.
  • Promote local authenticity of activities, arrangements, accommodation, food, transport and guidance.
    Whenever local history, traditions and nature form the base for tourism planning, this will give authenticity to the tourism experience and provide economic benefits for indigenous peoples.
  • Encourage the recruitment, training and employment of indigenous peoples in tourism businesses.
    Train and hire indigenous people for your businesses’ activities and operations whenever possible. Indigenous guides give the tourism activity authenticity.
  • Make or encourage economic investments locally.
    This will support the development of required infrastructure for your company as well for the local communities. Payment of tax locally and register your company locally.
  • Encourage consumption of locally produced goods, foods and services.
    Minimise economic leakage and retain local expenditures through maximum local self-sufficiency by developing linkages with local industries. Whenever possible buy supplies and services locally, and also encourage your clients to buy locally-made arts, crafts and products.
  • Support infrastructure development - be active in lobbying.
    By using locally owned service facilities as well as local transportation options, existing roads and airports your business will show the need for infrastructure development and this will in turn benefit local peoples.
  • Search for cooperation with other local companies.
    Always use locally owned businesses as subcontractors when possible. Develop long-term partnerships with local operators, businesses and suppliers. Sharing tourists and business opportunities, develop cooperation and networking.
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