Cruising in polar regions

The growth of cruise tourism is phenomenal. The revival of cruising has taken place in the last four decades and today it forms growing part in the global tourism industry. One of the trends in cruise industry is cruising to polar regions, where tourists can come in touch with the intact nature.

Compared with the millions who visit recognized tourist destinations elsewhere on Earth by air, or fewer millions who travel to them by ship, the numbers of visitors to polar regions may appear inconsequential. But in the rapidity of their increase they appear nothing short of alarming (Luck, Maher & Stewart, 2010).

In my research I want to focus on polar regions that are very sensitive to any kind of degradation. What is the harm caused by cruiser ships? How tourist activities affect the nature? At the same time I would like to have a closer look into how much promotion is done to educate tourists about the sensitivity of nature and consequences of their acts that are reflected in polar regions.

Regarding to that, my research question would be:

How does cruising in polar regions affect environment and tourist’s perception of acting sustainable?


Structure of the paper:

  1. Introduction
  2. Research question
  3. Methodology
  4. Theoretical framework
  5. Analysis
  6. Evaluation
  7. Conclusion





2 Responses to “Cruising in polar regions”

  1. Janne Liburd says:

    I think you need to narrow down your focus, perhaps by leaving out the environmental impacts and focusing strictly on:
    How does cruising in polar regions affect tourist’s perception of acting sustainable? You also need to take a clear stance on how you will address the role of climate change in your paper. Will you be conducting any primary research? i.e. limitations of relying on secondary research important.

  2. Nika Kampus says:

    Thank you mrs. Janne! In case I narrow down my topic I am quite limited with the existing literature for the topic.
    I was thinking about focusing on tourist’s perception of acting sustainable, but not just in case of polar regions, but generally spoken. In that case I would be able to conduct the primary research.

    Therefore my research question would be:
    How do environmental learning experiences influence tourists’ perception of acting sustainable and their environmental values?

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