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The editor-in-chief of the blog is Project Manager Sanna-Mari Renfors, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. In addition, the editorial board also includes Sinikka Kyngäs.

Perspectives to coastal and maritime tourism in cold-water destinations

Circularity in the coastal region

January 4, 2023

Zeeland, the southwestern coastal region of the Netherlands cannot do without tourists, but the rising number of guests is also accompanied by concerns. Globally, tourism is increasing by five to eight percent per year, according to the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations. The …

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Structural innovation for the development and promotion of the Dingle peninsula

December 7, 2022

The Dingle Peninsula is an Irish coastal destination that stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest coast. The range of mountains stands out in the peninsula, running from the Slieve Mish range to the Conor Pass and Mount Brandon, the …

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An underwater secret in North-West of Estonia – hidden for millions of years

November 3, 2022

Believe it or not, one of the few Baltic Sea meteorite craters is located in the shadow of a small island Osmussaar in Northern Estonia. It is called the Neugrund crater. This hidden gem induces discussions between different interest groups, including the state, renewable energy …

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Yyteri – the best and most sustainable beach of Finland?

June 6, 2022

Yyteri beach is six kilometers long and located in Pori, Western Finland. It is the finest beach in the Nordic region. Yyteri area also includes Reposaari, Kallo and Ahlainen and the scenery between them. Yyteri is part of the internationally acknowledged Natura and nature conservation …

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Towards more sustainable food services in cold water destinations

March 20, 2022

Restaurant and other food services are essential component of any tourism trip. In Finland, roughly 13 % of tourism demand output was created in food services during 2018-2019 (VisitFinland) and approximately 30 % of restaurants turnover goes in to covering costs of food ingredients. Therefore, …

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Industry that never sleeps

February 15, 2022

Usually this part of the year in considered as the silent season in tourism, except destinations that have relevant resources to develop products and services for winter activities – downhill skiing, cross-country skiing or polar adventures. However, tourism destination management organizations and entrepreneurs are already …

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a man standing on the beach in the middle of a snow storm

‘Uitwaaien’? Opportunities for coastal tourism in cold water destinations

January 18, 2022

In recent years, terms like ‘hygge’ and ‘friluftsliv’ have gained popularity throughout the world. These concepts have been a part of Scandinavian culture for many years. Hygge, which is a Danish concept, is defined as a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a …

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‘A scenic seafood trail in the smallest county in Ireland, Co. Louth, could lead the way in sustainable tourism on the east coast of Ireland.’

December 15, 2021

“The success of the Wild Atlantic Way can be replicated on the east coast, particularly when it comes to sustainable tourism. Areas like Carlingford and the wider Cooley Peninsula have the potential to draw in more tourists outside the traditional holiday season through the development …

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World Heritage in Coastal and Maritime sites – safeguarded, monitored and disputed

September 28, 2021

In the UNESCO list of World Heritage there are over 1100 properties, 50 of them are marine and coastal sites. These sites have a variety of habitats, unique marine life, outstanding ecosystems, and iconic biodiversity. These sites are safeguarding the cultural, natural and marine heritage …

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Boats in small port.

Coast is more than just Coast

August 13, 2021

Coastal and maritime locations are the biggest attractive factor in European tourism. South Ostrobothnia region is a land locked area, which is within one to two hours driving distance from the coastline. ‘Hospitable South Ostrobothnia‘, the tourism development strategy for the region covering 2020-2028, highlights …

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There is no sun without a shadow and vice versa: coastal tourism in Latvia

May 20, 2021

There is no sun without a shadow and vice versa. The pressure of epidemiological safety restrictions has created quite doom view in regards of coastal tourism in the bigger resorts and mass tourism destinations in Latvia. However, many coastal tourism companies in periphery, probably, experienced …

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Changing rooms on the sandy beach.

The value of Tourism & Recreation

May 11, 2021

Economic value The sector has an immense economic value in the Netherlands. The expenditure related to tourism & recreation amounted to 91.2 billion euros in 2019, around 4,4% of the Dutch GDP. This expenditure naturally translates into a large number of jobs. In addition to …

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