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 Oy, Benjamin Donner, Olga PalmeiroVisit Turku Archipelago, Baltic Sea Action Group and the wonderful staff at #Gullkrona, Tanja Liljeqvist at Kasnäs, Lassi KatajarinneHaltia Lake Lodge, Annu Huotari at Hawkhill – Villas & Wilderness, Miikka ValoVisit Espoo and many more.
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 Muoniovaara, Liisa Kokkarinen, Imbi Lepik-Martinson, Liis Läte, Fredrik 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 Sweden, Visit Stockholm and Tillvaxtverket. Hope to see all of you there.
Let the conversation and the cooperation continue.