Travel and tourism have had a long history in the Nordic countries, but research on tourism has a relatively short tradition in the region. Recently, academic interest in the Nordic tourism space has grown and diversified especially as a result of increasing numbers of academics and institutions involved with tourism geographies and studies and education in the region. The Nordic context has provided thematic focus areas for empirical studies that characterize tourism geographies in the region, with topics including nature-based tourism, utilization of wilderness areas, second-home and rural developments, impacts in peripheries, and tourism as a tool for regional development. In addition, there are emerging research themes outside of the traditional core topics, such as urban, events, and heritage tourism.
Saarinen, J. (2013), "Nordic Tourism Geographies", Geographies of Tourism (Tourism Social Science Series, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 35-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1571-5043(2013)0000019003
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