University of Oulu

Kaarina Tervo-Kankare (2019) Entrepreneurship in nature-based tourism under a changing climate, Current Issues in Tourism, 22:11, 1380-1392, DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2018.1439457

Entrepreneurship in nature-based tourism under a changing climate

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Author: Tervo-Kankare, Kaarina1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland, P.O Box 3000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-09-10


This paper presents the findings of an exploratory study examining the values and attitudes of nature-based tourism entrepreneurs in relation to adaptation to climate change. The aim is to focus on tourism stakeholders’ values and ideas about tourism entrepreneurship, which may bring interesting new insights to the tourism and climate change research and support the industry in adaptation and mitigation processes. The data utilised in this paper consists of 19 thematic interviews conducted with nature-based tourism entrepreneurs in Finland between 2009 and 2013. Analysis of the data reveal issues concerning views on entrepreneurship in general, on the independence and individuality of the enterprises, on the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in the processes of adaptation and on the attitudes towards innovations and actions in the changing climate. These issues, together with the rate and scale of the change, seem to affect decision-making by the enterprises, but their importance as predictors of action and behavioural intentions needs to be studied more thoroughly. Additionally, more information is required regarding the role of the surrounding social environment as a co-creator of these kinds of values. However, the study supports previous studies on entrepreneurship and its influence on survival and resilience.

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Series: Current issues in tourism
ISSN: 1368-3500
ISSN-E: 1747-7603
ISSN-L: 1368-3500
Volume: 22
Issue: 11
Pages: 1380 - 1392
DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2018.1439457
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
520 Other social sciences
1172 Environmental sciences
Funding: This paper is based on research funded by the Academy of Finland under the FiDiPro programme 'Human-Environment Relations in the North: resource development, climate change and resilience' ,and under the CLICHE-project (Impacts of Climate Change on Arctic Environment, EcosystemServices and Society).
Copyright information: © 2019 The Author(s). Published by InformaUK Limited, trading as Taylor & FrancisGroup. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Current issues in tourism on 16 Feb 2018, available online: