New Book Sheds a Northern Light on Polar Tourism

Dr. Harvey Lemelin’s latest book, From Talk to Action: How Tourism is Changing the Polar Regions, discusses how polar tourism has become a global industry.

“The book is based on outcomes from the third International Polar Tourism Research Network Conference held in the small Inuit community of Nain, Nunatsiavut in 2012. We are particularly proud of these proceedings since they featured the voice of Nunatsiavut residents, consultants, graduate students, and academics,” said Dr. Lemelin, the Lakehead University Research Chair in Parks and Protected Areas.

The book is of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the unique activities and experiences that are offered to tourists in the polar regions.

The 2012 conference was hosted by Lakehead University’s Centre for Northern Studies and the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, in collaboration with the Nunatsiavut Government, Nunatsiavut Tourism, and Parks Canada.

Funding was provided by the Nunatsiavut Government, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Parks Canada, Air Labrador, the University of Northern British Columbia and the Centre for Northern Studies. By being held in Nain, Nunatsiavut, the conference provided various opportunities for researchers, civic leaders and agency personnel to explore the potential benefits and pitfalls associated with tourism. 

Published Aug. 6, 2013, From Talk to Action: How Tourism is Changing the Polar Regions was edited by Dr. Harvey Lemelin, Lakehead’s SSHRC Research Chair in Parks and Protected Areas, Dr. Patrick Maher, an Associate Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and Lakehead Alumni, and Dr. Daniela Liggett, a Lecturer at Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. The book draws on a range of international case studies ranging from Russia, Scandinavia, Iceland, the Canadian Arctic and the Antarctic.  From Talk to Action: How Tourism is Changing the Polar Regions is the 26th book published by the Centre for Northern Studies.

For more information about the book, visit http://cns.lakeheadu.ca/.

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