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The Summer School programme is divided into three parts. We start in Jyväskylä, Central Finland, where we highlight issues in rural surroundings and responsibility, especially in the Lakeland region. We discuss overtourism and cruising issues in Responsible Tourism in Destinations Conference, which is the second part of the summer school programme. The Summer School programme ends in Helsinki (awarded European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019) and focus on urban tourism and responsibility. We visit the Fortress of Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will have a unique chance to do fieldwork based on the pre-assignment. We also visit Helsinki’s new Central Library Oodi, which is a living meeting place for both local people and tourists. Oodi was chosen as the best new public library in the world in 2019
Conference 9-10 June 2022, Helsinki, Finland
We welcome you to Helsinki, Finland, where the 15th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations is to be held, 9-10 June 2022. The theme of the conference is Advancing Responsible Tourism. The conference venues are in different locations in the beautiful city of Helsinki. Share your experiences #rtdfinland2022
The tourism sector meets new challenges with vast economic, ecological, social, cultural and political changes confronting us. These changes call for the swift development of solutions to mitigate or to adapt to them. They also shape customers’ expectations and quality requirements; we fail to meet those changing expectations at our peril. Globally tourism industry struggles with overcrowding and overtourism, the consequence of our very success as an industry. For example, the cruise industry comes with positive and negative impacts and is one of the hot issues in overtourism discussion. Carbon is one of the key challenges in tourism, not only for transportation, our industry is very dependent on cheap fossil fuels.
Tackling these challenges means creating new operational solutions for Responsible Tourism. The Responsible Tourism in Destinations Finland conference invites you to Helsinki, Finland on 5-6 June 2021 with the theme Advancing Responsible Tourism. The conference will focus on solutions in decarbonising travel and tourism, introduces possibilities to apply sustainable CleanTech innovations in tourism and presents opportunities in preventing overtourism. The conference will enable those taking part to assess the effectiveness of the Finnish approach to taking responsibility to achieve sustainability by introducing the Sustainable Travel Finland programme.
The conference is organised by the ICRT Finland, led by JAMK University of Applied Sciences, partnering with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and Visit Finland.