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Inspiring neighbors!

If you need inspiration, you need not go further than to Finland and Estonia.

I just got back from a Baltic Sea region sustainability exchange trip to Finland with Visit Finland and Visit Estonia. For a little over two full days we shared knowledge and discussed the common challenges and opportunities we encounter in our work for sustainable tourism in the region. What great work they do.

And as the conversation went on, we visited pioneers within the field; private business owners that have made sustainability their tool to constantly develop their businesses in new and innovative ways – realizing that it is their business to consider what they leave behind to the next generation, as well as what they offer their guests today. Let me tell you – it is an attractive combination!

Thank you Tarja RautiainenVisit Naantali, Pentti-Oskari Kangas Herrankukkaro OyBenjamin DonnerOlga PalmeiroVisit Turku ArchipelagoBaltic Sea Action Group and the wonderful staff at #GullkronaTanja Liljeqvist at KasnäsLassi KatajarinneHaltia Lake LodgeAnnu Huotari at Hawkhill – Villas & WildernessMiikka ValoVisit Espoo and many more.

Annu Huotari at Hawhill shows how to help out to get rid of invasive plants.

I am deeply impressed by these bright shining stars. And that Visit Finland keeps it all together by systematically working through their Sustainable Travel Finland (STF) program, makes it even more interesting.

A special thank you Hanna MuoniovaaraLiisa KokkarinenImbi Lepik-MartinsonLiis LäteFredrik Albihn and Kati Paasi for for taking the time to share your wisdom and for all the good work you do. I am now back home filled with inspiration and energy to continue our work at Royal Djurgården.

Next time we meet in Estonia for Green Destinations 2023 Conference in Tallinn in October and then in April at Royal Djurgården for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Conference 2024 as a cooperation with Visit SwedenVisit Stockholm and Tillvaxtverket. Hope to see all of you there.

Let the conversation and the cooperation continue.