Tourism Archive

One of the things I find most intriguing about travelling is to explore and getting to know new places. Every time I arrive at a new destination I wonder what history, storylines and characters have passed through here. Even with little knowledge beforehand, it is as if one can sense these stories. Indeed often we fantasize and make up our own stories, based on the specific feel and emotions a certain place might provide us with. At most destinations in the world it is possible to get to know the stories of a place – be it factual or fictitious – for instance by reading pamphlets or engaging in guided tours. But what I have come to realize and what recent trends are dictating, is

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The american based Outside Magazine have once again had their annual Travel Awards where new and adventurous destinations are put on the map. In their own words they call it ’42 new destinations we guarantee will change your life’. The best new trend has been identified as ‘Epic Bike rides’. As examples of places where this activity can be pursued they mention White Horse in the Yukon territory. Indeed North america offers some great an epic bike rides but perhaps the list could also include destinations such as the Munda Biddi Trail, Western Australia and/or the trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Besides pointing at Kununurra, Australia as best adventure hub and the Karakorum chain as best mountain destination they also point at Greenland as one of

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In the spring of 2013 I went to the Dutch Wadden sea island of Ameland to do some research for my study on Innovation in Northern european coastal tourism. I first heard about it in march where the mayor of the island visited Denmark, to tell about the ways, in which they are using events to promote the place and to provide tourists with memorable experiences. For instance, they are hosting the biggest Beach Rugby tournament in the world as well as having a Mountainbike race with more than 6000 participants, just to mention a few. When comparing that to the location and the size of the island + the fact that it is located within a world heritage site, I thought.. “that’s crazy”. I

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Throughout the month of february my class and I at the tourism master program at Aalborg University have been working together with local stakeholders and Væksthus Nordjylland to develop concepts for innovation in the Danish coastal destination of Blokhus. Blokhus, that is located on the Northwestern coast, is a traditional and historic seaside destination in Denmark but is nowadays, like many others, suffering from declining numbers in acommodations. The project started on february 1st with a presentation about initiatives and stakeholder relations followed by a field trip to Blokhus, where tourists, tourist organizations, local shop owners etc. were interviewed in order to gain an understanding of the situaiton. Hereinafter the process was intensified and focused, by constructing a number of workgroups that were to concentrate on

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As an extension of the enhanced emphasis there’s been on innovation in coastal tourism in recent years (e.g. Innovation camp Blokhus, CoastAlive, Videncenter for Kystturisme) I have decided to focus my spring semester project on exactly that. The innovation camp in Blokhus gave me a taste for the topic and made me realize how vibrant and important the sector is for the tourism industry in Denmark. The starting point of the project is the decline of Northern European coastal tourism and in particular the decline of Danish coastal tourism. At this moment, the sector is being exposed to much attention and different innovation initiatives are being carried out. Although Denmark in many cases is regarded as a leading country in terms of innovation, it is

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As core values of society, health and wellbeing influence today on all aspects of our lives, and have also increasingly influenced patterns of tourism consumption and production. In this context health tourism has developed into a significant dimension of tourism in a number of new and long established destinations. But although it is consistently referred to as one of the most rapidly growing forms of tourism worldwide, there still remains an absence of academic literature on this subject. Today, people are not only increasingly concerned about their physical, social and psychological wellbeing in their everyday lives, but they are also prepared to travel long distances to experience different forms of health and wellness activities. Exactly what are the motives for engaging in wellness holidays? Various perspectives

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