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November 03 2015 – As always, the annual reopening of the Icehotel is a big deal. Each winter, visionary Swedish entrepreneur Yngve Bergqvist’s nippy and never-the-same hostelry reemerges from the frozen tundra more than 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle in a completely unique form. Matt Hickman Read more.

Destination Roros, Norway

Categories: Cultural Heritage, Europe, Management, North, Operations, People and Places
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The old mining town of Røros, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, was originally established in 1646, and now hosts over 1 million visitors annually. With the end of mining in the late 1970’s, Destination Røros has been instrumental in facilitating a broad-based multi-stakeholder approach to reversing the area’s environmental degradation and economic decline and creating a thriving, sustainable tourism destination.

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Lapland Vuollerim Welcomes You

Categories: Community, Cultural Heritage, Europe, Innovation, North, People and Places, Private Sector, Return, Visitors
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Any organisation that offers guests three courses for dinner served at three different local homes deserves a place on the innovative hit list. Since 2008, this community organisation has devised 50 genuine Lappish life experiences, where guests interact with local people. Becoming a company in 2010, it reinvests a hundred per cent into the local economy. With exemplary stakeholder cooperation, they create social capital with products such as the Cloudberry Festival and The Festival of a 1000 Lanterns, river swimming in the midnight sun or ‘skijoring’ behind a horse. All innovative. All inspired by villagers. Villagers who “want to be change makers – to make common good instead of just selfish good”. And the results are most definitely good.

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Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG)

Categories: Academia, Africa, Cultural Heritage, Europe, Human Capital Development, Human Rights, Intercultural Dialogue, North, People and Places, West
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High level training is the main tool for embedding sustainable tourism in any destination. It is also the remit of this partnership between Central College Nottingham and The Institute of Travel & Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG), initiated in 2008. They have a shared mission statement for “Success through Learning”, with Gambian students benefiting from a curriculum created by Central, and UK students undertaking sustainable tourism master classes in The Gambia every year.

Subjects include sustainability, poverty reduction, human rights and social justice which, considering the lack of training in Gambia until then, has had quite an impact. Consequently, ITTOG’s 411 graduates are seguing smoothly into employment, thanks to its growing reputation for excellent, sustainable tourism training.

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Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark

Categories: Community, Europe, Management, North, Operations, People and Places, Residents, Visitors
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The Burren translates from Boireann, or “great rock” in Irish. However, this might also refer to the local communities as it is not only the dramatic limestone karst landscapes that bring visitors here, it’s the people. With a special shout out to B.E.N., or the Burren Ecotourism Network , which is made up of local sustainable tourism businesses coming together to ensure the destination’s rock solid status. A status that is assisted by the European Tourism Indicator System for the Sustainable Management of Destinations (ETIS), which The Burren subscribes to. Just like the rare flowers that push through its unyielding landscape, this great rock is erupting with strong, sustainable roots which are blossoming and ripe for the picking by visitors.

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