The 20th Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research


The 20th Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research


The Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education is a unique community of expertise. It combines all the stages of tourism education with innovative research and  development activities.

The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), Rovaniemi Research Unit carries out research on forests and forest ecosystems in the north. The key areas of the research focus on the integration of different forest uses including nature-based tourism. The unit also coordinates national research program ’Wellbeing from forests’ (2008-2012).

Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services manages national parks and other state-owned protected areas in Finland. Protected areas are conserved to safeguard biological diversity but also to ensure the well-being of local people and tourists.

Organizing Committee

Markku Vieru, Professor,  University of Lapland, Chair
Maria Hakkarainen, Assistant in Tourism Research, Lapland institute for Tourism Research and Education
Jari Järviluoma, Tourism Researcher, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
Sakari Kankaanpää, Park Director, Metsähallitus, Natural Heritage Services
Eila Linna, Director of Development, Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education
Marja-Leena Porsanger, Conference Coordinator, Rovaniemi-Lapland Congresses
Seija Tuulentie, Adjunct Professor, Finnish Forest Research InstituteLiisa Tyrväinen, professor, Finnish Forest Research Instituteand University of Lapland
Mikko Vehkaperä, Head of Student Affairs, Lapland Institute for Tourism Research and Education

Scientific Committee

Professor Liisa Tyrväinen, Metla and University of Lapland, Chair
Adjunct professor Seppo Aho, University of Lapland,
Associate professor Peter Björk, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration (HANKEN), Vaasa
Professor Antti Haahti, University of Lapland
Professor Antti Honkanen, University of Eastern Finland, Savonlinna
Professor Raija Komppula, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu
Professor Jarkko Saarinen, University of Oulu
Adjunct professor. Seija Tuulentie, Metla



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