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Christmas Tourists' Perceptions to Climate Change in Rovaniemi, Finland
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship. Univ Oulu, Dept Geog, Oulu, Finland & Univ Canterbury, Dept Management, Christchurch 1, New Zealand.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7734-4587
2013 (English)In: Tourism Geographies, ISSN 1461-6688, E-ISSN 1470-1340, Vol. 15, no 2, 292-317 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland is the self-proclaimed official home of Santa Claus.' However, in recent years, after several warm and snowless season starts, Christmas tourism businesses have expressed concern about the future of the region's winter tourism industry. This paper examines the challenges of winter tourism operators to adapt to changing environmental conditions by surveying the responses of tourists to potential changes in winter conditions. In the light of climate change projections, maintaining the attractive image of a snow-covered winter wonderland may become impossible. Results indicate that tourists react negatively to estimated changes and planned adaptation mechanisms. This situation may force tourism entrepreneurs and destination managers to reconsider the consequences of current adaptation strategies and develop new attractions and marketing strategies in order to attract new markets and/or rebrand the destination.

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2013. Vol. 15, no 2, 292-317 p.
Keyword [en]
Climate change, environmental change, adaptation, visitor perceptions, Christmas tourism, Finland
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Economic Geography Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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Tourism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26877DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2012.726265ISI: 000318735600006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84877863529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-26877DiVA: diva2:631221
Available from: 2013-06-20 Created: 2013-06-20 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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