Sustainable Tourism Development in Nuuk

Magnus Biilmann Trolle

Student thesis: Master thesis


Nuuk is a city in the arctic that are about to endure big changes, a new airport creates new potential for increased traffic from tourist all over the world, but this world is also under pressure from global climate change that stem from greenhouse gasses like those from airplanes. This thesis will because of these facts propose a definition sustainable tourism development in Nuuk, for this purpose a qualitative approach have been taken to gather empirical data from relevant tourism stakeholders, mostly through interviews. This data has been analysed through the lenses of literature on tourism, sustainability, and sustainable development. The results from this process have found 7 critical points to consider for sustainable tourism development which are the following prolonging tourism seasons, increasing service quality, increasing service knowledge, preserving Greenlandic culture, collaborative effort by stakeholders, environmental preservation and general sustainability. During the process of discovering these points other details were also found to be relevant, Greenlandic culture is both embedded in nature as well as critical on foreign investors, tourism operators in Nuuk are against the notion of mass tourism, tourism can benefit the preservation of the environment and culture while also be used as a social forces that can be used as a driver for change.

EducationsMSocSc in Management of Creative Business Processes , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2020
Number of pages79
SupervisorsMaximilian Schellmann