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Extreme Tourism – Lessons from the World’s Cold Water Islands. Godfrey Baldacchino Canada Research Chair (Island Studies) University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Assumptions about Island Tourist Paradises: Warm Water Tropical Climate Exotic/Erotic Sites.

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Extreme Tourism – Lessons from the World’s Cold Water Islands

Godfrey Baldacchino

Canada Research Chair (Island Studies)

University of Prince Edward Island, Canada


Assumptions about Island Tourist Paradises:

Warm Water

Tropical Climate

Exotic/Erotic Sites


Is Cold Water & Challenging Weather an Obstacle to Tourism?

Do Islands add a Particular Twist to Tourism Policy & Practice?


Key Questions (1)

  • Is there a Specific Island ‘Lure’? What exactly attracts tourists to (small) islands? (slower tempo; physical remove; taking it all in)

  • Is bad weather less of a bother in cold areas, since it is expected and indeed critical to special interest travellers?


Key Questions (2)

  • Is there a cold water tourist type?

  • Is extreme location and insularity a blessing: – regulating flow; protecting environment; preserving difference; preventing lapse into mass tourism?

  • Expensive, hazardous, irregular, unreliable access: all part of the cold water tourist experience?


Key Questions (3)

  • Rapid, deep and intense impact of tourism on small islands – high level of openness – is tourism hazardous?

  • Are cold water islands the ultimate raw outposts of civilisation – destined to enjoy the latest and final boom? Or should islands remain foreboding and forbidden?


Key Questions (4)

  • Inaccessibility is part of Competitive Asset -but easier to maintain where there is no population. Are land use and access conflicts likely?

  • Political peripherality may spawn bold (alien) tourist elite – Dangerous?


Lessons

  • A new category of destinations

  • A re-interpretation of the island ‘draw’

  • Bad weather as ally – no seasonality paradigm

  • Difficult access as ally – no mass potential

  • A specific combination of services – based on small numbers.


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