The blog “Animal Tourism Finland” was created as part of the research project ”Animals and Responsible Tourism: Promoting Business Competitiveness through Animal Welfare” which was funded by the Finnish funding agency Business Finland under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
In addition to public funding, 10% of the project budget was financed by 10 Finnish tourism companies: Lapland Safaris, Harriniva Hotels & Safaris, Ranua Wildlife Park, Arctic Reindeer, Arctic Husky Farm, Hetta Huskies, Lapland Husky Safaris, OFF-Piste Adventures, Polar Lights Tours and Ruska Laukka.
The main objectives of the project was to:
- increase understanding of animal welfare as part of responsible tourism business
- examine quality certifications and standards including animal welfare criteria
- study consumer values in relation to animals and their use in tourism
- create knowledge of animal welfare principles relating to tourism in Northern Finland
In order to work these objectives, the project was implemented in close collaboration with key international and national partners:
- Professor David Fennell, Brock University
- Specialists Satu Raussi and Tiina Kauppinen, The Finnish Centre for Animal Welfare, Natural Resources Institute Finland