What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Sustainability? Towards a Definition of Sustainable Tourist Behaviour in Post-pandemic Greenland

Elizabeth Cooper

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Tourism is Greenland’s second largest industry, after fishing. The COVID-19 pandemic is particularly devastating for Greenland because, as international tourism arrivals have fallen to zero, domestic tourism is not a sustainable option. The high cost of travelling within Greenland, coupled with the nation’s income inequality, means that the majority of Greenlanders simply cannot afford to holiday in their own country. As a result, it is economically essential that the international tourism industry can return in 2021. As the only form of tourism in Greenland that relies 100% on international tourists, the cruise industry is suffering in particular. In order that cruise ships can return to Greenland and the industry can survive, it is necessary to rebuild a cruise tourism industry that is not only more sustainable but is convincingly responsive to current events. This paper represents the first step towards a more sustainable ‘new normal’ of cruise tourism in Greenland.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event13th annual Consumer Behavior in Tourism Symposium: Consumers' Travel Behavior in Transition: Between Persistence and Change - Virtual Conference
Duration: 16 Dec 202018 Dec 2020
Conference number: 13


Conference13th annual Consumer Behavior in Tourism Symposium
LocationVirtual Conference
SponsorFree University of Bozen-Bolzano
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