Opportunities for sustainable development of coastal and maritime tourism: The case of Finland
Sanna-Mari Renfors, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK), Finland
Coastal and maritime tourism is one of the largest maritime activities in the European Union. In Finland, the land of the thousand lakes and islands, the draw of the waters have great potential for becoming internationally competitive tourism destinations. And for these desinations to be truly competitive it is important to look at the issues of sustainability. Sustainability is anchored in building competitiveness, which in turn produces benefits for society and the environment. This presentation addresses opportunities for sustainable development of coastal and maritime tourism in Finland focusing on different stakeholders’ viewpoints. In particular, innovative use of natural and cultural resources in development of sustainable tourism experiences.
Developing the Dual Educational System in Higher Education as Responsible Corporate Activity
Dr. Hajnalka Csáfor, Eszterházy Károly University, Eger Hungary
The Importance of The Past in an Uncertain Future
Greg Gardner, State University of New York
- How our patrimony is affected by a changing climate and how it must be preserved if we are to survive the changes.
- Food and wine as elements of patrimony and as engines of tourism and economic benefits
Summary of Speech
Human societies have always faced an uncertain future and periods of significant change have always disturbed social structures and relationships. Today, along with the usual political, economic, and technological changes, we are seeing a change in our climate – something that has been largely stable throughout our modern history.
When faced the great change, we often look to the past to anchor us and to remind us of a time when we think things were more certain or when we were able to successfully face change and uncertainty. This can give us the spiritual reassurance we need to face a frightening future. It is important that we continue to harbor our patrimony – physical, intellectual, artistic, and social, as a bridge to the past. If we let that patrimony go, we risk being unprepared for the future.
Agriculture and the production of food and wine is an important element in the patrimony of our cultures. It is also an important element in the development of tourism, which has enormous economic value to many regions. Global climate change promises to have a powerful impact on the foods we eat and the wines we drink and on the choices made by tourists. That impact is uncertain still, but the evidence is clear that it is coming. This conference is an opportunity to begin thinking about these issues and to explore possible strategies in response to the changes. Participants are strongly encouraged to work together to further this important work and to share their conclusions through publication.