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Cruise tourism as a path to a sustainable future?: The ethnographic case of Gotland, Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cruising tourism is arguably one of the most unsustainable forms of tourism. It is ecologically unsustainable since it brings a lot of people to small places, causing environmental strain to attractions like heritage sites. It is economically unsustainable, since multinational companies drain most of the revenue away from local SMEs. It is socially unsustainable as large number of tourists for short periods of time creates places unpleasant to live in, drained of local residents. On the basis of this, cruise tourism seems to be the worst idea for achieving sustainable development. Therefore it may seem unlikely that the Island of Gotland, Sweden, chooses to put all public funding available for many years to come into a new cruising quay to attract cruise ships, and on top of it framing it in terms of sustainability. This is however the case, and the new quay was inaugurated April 29, 2018, where the mayor spoke of this will be economically, ecologically and socially sustainable, on the basis of the very high sustainability standards on Gotland. How can this be understood? To investigate how the project of building the new quay is related to sustainability; actors perception of this relationship as well as the consequences of their actions in terms of economical, social and ecological sustainability, ethnographic fieldwork over the course of two years has been carried out. During this fieldwork public and private actors involved in carrying out this project, with the basis in the DMO-like privately owned organization Gotland Tourism Business Organisation (Gotlands Förenade Besöksnäring) and the cruise tourism network Gotland Cruise Network, have been followed. On the basis of this, it seems that sustainability simultaneously becomes a tool for “green-washing”, legitimizing unsustainable practices, and at the same time a way for locals to try to make a better future for themselves through making the best possible out of this new situation. In addition, I argue that academia play a role in this, with the research programme “Sustainable Visits”, which I myself is part of, and which has as an explicit aim to contribute to, rather than merely study, sustainable visits. However, does academia contribute to sustainability or unsustainability in this case?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Cruise tourism, sustinability, Gotland
National Category
Computer Sciences Human Computer Interaction Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Engineering Science with specialization in industrial engineering and management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-361792OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-361792DiVA, id: diva2:1251451
Conference
27th Noridc symposium on tourism and hospitality: Implications and dilemmas of tourism, 24-26 September 2018, Alta, Norway
Available from: 2018-09-27 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved

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