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Creative Forces in the Polar Regions: Culture, Economies, Innovation, and Change in Tourism

June 22, 2018 - June 28, 2018

The 6th IPTRN conference – “Creative Forces in the Polar Regions: Culture, Economies, Innovation, and Change in Tourism” – is hosted by Vancouver Island University and Yukon College in the Yukon Territory ( The conference will follow the IPTRN “study tour” model, and will begin in Whitehorse, and travel to several of Yukon’s communities. In addition to paper presentation sessions, participants will engage in community workshops held in collaboration with local stakeholders, and participate in a variety of signature Yukon visitor experiences.

The conference and study tour will engage participants to explore and seek solutions to polar tourism concerns and opportunities in relation to a variety of thematic areas, including: the cultural economy, economic diversification and community development, cultural and tourism entrepreneurship, social, cultural, and environmental impacts, tourism planning and development challenges and strategies, and visitor experience innovation and problem-solving in remote nature-based and wilderness tourism areas.

This 6th IPTRN conference invites papers examining the following topics in relation to the polar regions:

    • Culture and cultural tourism incl. cultural policy
    • Nature and adventure, global change, and tourism
    • Parks, protected areas and cultural tourism
    • Winter tourism and cold weather cultures: attractions, visitors, challenges
    • Indigenous culture and tourism
    • Community interactions with polar tourists and polar tourist behaviour
    • Inclusive Arctic – the role of the arts, culture, and tourism for demographic diversity (e.g., age, ethnicity) and LGBTQ openness
    • Innovations in polar tourism
    • Economic geographies of polar tourism
    • The social and cultural construction/performance of touristic polar wilderness

A call for abstracts will be launched during autumn 2017. All submissions will undergo an external peer review process, with final decisions made before the end of the year. Early submission is encouraged as, due to the nature of the trans-territorial, intensive, community-focussed study tour, we are limited to 50 participants in total.


June 22, 2018
June 28, 2018


International Polar Tourism Research Network


Yukon Territory Canada
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