Collecting the promising practices has been a
starting phase for the project. It is also an on-going phase through
the project period. The goal is to collect, document and analyse
best practises relevant to sustainable arctic tourism.
A common framework for sustainable tourism in the Arctic area
has been created as one of the early stages of SMART project.
Definition of principles of nature based tourism is relying mostly
on existing material and definements of sustainable tourism. The
existing material is partly utilized as reference material in
SMART. The benefits of sustainability will be shown to tourism
companies. Increased earnings through sustainability or saving
in costs are concrete benefits for companies in tourism sector.
Sustainable tourism is not a trick - it requires on-going learning
process by all the stakeholders. Sustainability is a strategic
choice for companies.
Sustainable Arctic tourism is defined as form of tourism minimizing
negative impacts and maximizing socio-cultural, environmental
and economic benefits for residents of the Arctic. Sustainable
tourism practices are clearly inducements for current and future
visitors of the Arctic.
The definition of principles of nature based tourism can be seen
in the Principles section of
SMART web pages.