Although the project “Animals and Responsible Tourism” ended in 2018, our research team continues their research work on animals in tourism in Finnish Lapland. In close cooperation with the tourism industry and other stakeholders, we have continued our fieldwork gathering valuable research data. We have attended several conferences and published a considerable amount of academic papers. Our research has also inspired our students at the University of Lapland in writing theses around this important topic. Our publications, our students’ theses, and all project reports can be found on the page “Results” under Academic Publications and Reports. We still continue to update the results of the project with new publications.
We are currently assisting several tourism agencies and eco-label organizations with the development of animal welfare criteria and auditing procedures. In 2019, we offered our expertise to the Association of British Tavel Agents (ABTA) in updating the ABTA Animal Welfare Guidelines. In the same year, we offered Green Key Finland our assistance in developing their animal welfare policy as part of the Green Activities certificate. We still continue sharing our knowledge with international tour operators, Finnish tourism companies, and animal welfare organizations. We find this collaboration very important as it contributes to developing animal welfare practices in the tourism industry.
This site also serves as a report of the project as all posts, videos, and pictures offered an overview of the project activities and achievements. In a similar way, they provide insight into current topics of discussions around the role of animals in tourism. You are welcome to go through the material and in case you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch with the leader of the project, José-Carlos García-Rosell.
For more information about how the work of Animals Tourism Finland started in 2016, check HERE.