The changing Arctic climate has opened up business and economic opportunities in everything from resource development to shipping.
Arctic tourism is also becoming an increasingly lucrative as interest grows in this remote part of the world.
Local Arctic communities can certainly benefit economically from this growing industry.
But a recent blog, titled The Price of “Discovering” the Arctic – Part I by Gianna De Filippis, and posted on the World Policy Institute website this month, suggests more attention should be paid to the environmental and social impacts of Arctic tourism.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Creating an economy in the North: Can tourism save this town?, Eye on the Arctic
Finland: Nature tourism in North Finland drawing Chinese tourists, Yle News
Greenland: Greenland inspires Arctic Bay, Canada tourism strategy, Eye on the Arctic
Russia: Creating links across the Arctic – A look back on the Beringia Arctic Games, Eye on the Arctic
Sweden: Is space tourism coming to Sweden’s Arctic?, Radio Sweden
United States: Passport troubles keep some athletes from Arctic Winter Games in Alaska, CBC News