Prospects for Polar Tourism by J.M. Snyder, B. Stonehouse

By J.M. Snyder, B. Stonehouse

The political importance, medical curiosity and striking usual fantastic thing about the chilly, unique Polar areas are attractive increasingly more curious guests to enterprise to those distant destinations looking for distinctive stories and leisure actions. major advancements in delivery expertise have made remoted locations extra available, and travelers now overwhelmingly outnumber citizens in so much Polar locations. This publication examines Polar tourism in its environmental, fiscal and cultural settings and explores the possibility of progress in addition to crucial administration for sustainability.

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Correctly perceiving tourism’s market opportunities, railroads strongly supported the government’s designation of national parks and monuments. American and Canadian railroads constructed elegant accommodations along scenic routes and within the parks. By 1900 railroads became the world’s leading advertisers of vacation travel to national parks (Runte, 1984). The National Park concept and associated tourism developments were soon implemented by Scandinavian countries further expanding Arctic tourism opportunities.

Commercial fishing. Extraction of minerals, including ores and hydrocarbons. Establishment of military and scientific stations. While the first of these involved only local areas and populations in the Arctic, the rest have been due to intrusions from outside the indigenous populations. Fur trapping for southern markets was the original motive for colonization of much of the Arctic by southern cultures. Commercial whaling and sealing drew on maritime ecosystems at both ends of the world (Fig. 3), from which some stocks have never fully recovered.

Planes equipped with wheels, pontoons or skis can land on almost any type of surface in the polar regions. Anglers, hunters and backcountry adventurers now have virtually unlimited access to areas that are either de facto or officially designated wilderness. Polar aviation services provide the means for establishing, marketing and supplying backcountry lodges and campsites. From another perspective, flight-seeing may be the least intrusive and damaging way for tourists to enjoy and appreciate the polar wilderness.

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