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).
The blog aims at exploring and commenting on topics and research revolving around human-animal relationships in tourism. The posts and articles are based on the research done in the project and studies on animal-based tourism conducted at the University of Lapland. The material published in the blog should be relevant not only to tourism scholars, but also practitioners, media, and members of society.
The blog is currently administered and edited by José-Carlos García-Rosell. For any information or comments, he can be contacted HERE.
Information about the project:
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 project was implemented by the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI), University of Lapland during the period 01.08.2016-31.07.2018.
The main objectives of the project were 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