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
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
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.