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10th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum 2017, Turku, Finland

Date: November 2-3, 2017

Venues:

  • Nov 2: Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, (Linnankatu 32, Turku)
  • Nov 3: Aitiopaikka (Itsenäisyydenaukio 2, Turku)

Objectives of the 10th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum 2017

The anniversary Forum will be dedicated to ‘The Future of Baltic Sea Tourism’ as the principal theme. Visit Turku and the City of Turku, the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Visit Finland and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland will host the conference, in close cooperation with the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board and Policy Area Tourism of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region as constant organisers of the Forum.

The 10th BSTF will provide a mix of policy issues and several practical approaches for peer learning and exchange. Keynotes regarding trends in tourism and the future of Destination Marketing Organisations will be complemented by case-studies, good practices and seminars, which will provide room for sharing ideas and knowledge across the BSR.

Special focus will be given to future and trend topics like digitalization, tourism financing, funding, education and transnational cooperation. Moreover, in the light of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, sustainability will become an integrated part of the forum.

In addition, the forum will again offer the possibility for projects and initiatives to showcase their pioneering ideas of transnational and cross-border initiatives to boost the visibility of existing sustainable approaches of international cooperation.

The cultural programme of the 10th anniversary will provide pleasurable space for exchange combined with unique experiences for guests and participants of the Forum.

Programme and registration: balticseatourism.com

Questionnaire on futures of tourism in the Baltic Sea region in 2030

The 10th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum is dedicated to the theme ‘The Future of Baltic Sea Tourism’. We invite you to begin the discussion on this theme by completing this questionnaire:

Link to the questionnaire

The questionnaire asks you to reflect upon the probability and desirability of six statements concerning possible futures of Baltic Sea tourism in 2030. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

The responses will be collected and categorised for a second round which will take place at the Forum in Turku. The results from the two rounds will be utilised in future Baltic Sea Tourism Forums and other development projects. The questionnaire is commissioned by the organisers of the Baltic Sea Tourism Forum and made by Finland Futures Research Centre.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to complete our questionnaire. Everyone interested in the possible futures of the Baltic Sea region is welcome to share their insights.

Thank you in advance for your response.

4th Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme

The Fourth Call for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 will be open from 1st May to 30th September 2016

The call is open for all 4 Priority Axes:

  1. Using Innovation to Maintain And Develop Robust And Competitive Communities
  2. Promoting Entrepreneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area’s Competitive Advantage
  3. Fostering Energy-Secure Communities through Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  4. Protecting, Promoting and Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage

For further information, please visit the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme website.

A new bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region – doing a lot with little

The Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) is promoting bioeconomy networks in the Baltic Sea Region as part of its role as a Horizontal Action Leader in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

There is a series of forums designed to promote the move towards a sustainable biobased economy in the Baltic Sea Region. Read more about the latest seminar at NCM's website.

To learn more about the Bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region, please see www.norden.org.

Apply Now: EIT ICT Labs' European entrepreneurship competition is on

Nordic and Baltic innovators, come forward and represent. The EIT ICT Labs have launched a pan-European entrepreneurship event called Idea Challenge and they are busy promoting it right now to draw in as many applicants as possible before the first stage closing deadline on the 20th April.

Arctic Business Forum in Kemi, Finland

The 8th Arctic Business Forum will be organized 17. – 18.5.2017 at Kemi Finland, the capital of Arctic Industry. The theme for this year’s forum is Industry, Innovations & Investments in the Arctic region.

While embracing the economic cooperation between the Arctic countries, the forum offers also valuable information about the possibilities and future investment potential of the Arctic region both for the local business representatives and international investors. Aim is to scrutinize the future and build network and relationships among region’s various representatives.

The Arctic Europe holds investment potential worth of at least 197 billion euro. In the forum will be presented the latest news in business development in this region. Emphasizing this year’s theme, focus will be especially on the Arctic mining, steel and forest industry both with ever developing infrastructure thanks to the export and tourism both in land, sea and air.

The speakers in the Arctic Business Forum are the key representatives and stakeholders on various branch of Arctic industry. The global and local trends at stake are addressed at the Arctic Business Forum. Moreover, the companies and organizations have a chance to present their own business at the trade show in touch with the forum.

The Arctic Business Forum is organized for the first time at the city of Kemi, which is, together with the city of Tornio, one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic region. The region’s future development in forest industry at Kemi and steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance.

Welcome to the Arctic Business Forum 2017 to bond with other Arctic business representatives and stakeholders working for the Arctic prosperity.

For more information, please see the Arctic Business Forum's website.

ArCticles - Arctic Centre Papers: Other futures for Arctic economies?

Adam Stępień is a political scientist based at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. His article Other futures for Arctic economies? Searching for alternatives to resource extraction can be downloaded on Arctic Centre website.

The debate on Arctic economies has been dominated by large-scale resource extraction and trans-Arctic shipping. High resource prices and climate change impacts were expected to trigger Arctic economic boom. Hopes for regional development and concerns over environmental impacts were raised. By the mid-2010s, these notions are replaced by a more modest outlook, as the pace of developments – largely due to low resource prices – is slower than projected and various technical, economic and social constraints for extraction and shipping are better understood.

However, Arctic regions continue to face major developmental, social and demographic challenges. In order to address pertaining problems, many regional policy-makers and economic actors are increasingly turning to a broader range of economic activities. They search for alternative pathways to economic resilience and growth. The aim is to facilitate job creation within the northern regions and to emphasize the role of the local small and medium enterprises. Moreover, many of these new pathways are thought to be more environmentally and socially sustainable than resource-focused economies. 

Information and communication technologies, circular economy transition, bioeconomy, and utilizing Arctic natural conditions have become a part of the current discourse on Arctic development. This is visible for instance in regional development strategies of Nordic northernmost regions, including Lapland, Norrbotten and Troms. The more comprehensive way of thinking about the development of the Arctic is also visible in Finland’s 2013 Arctic strategy.

The full-length paper discusses chosen activities representative for this broader set of development ideas. That includes: data centres, cold climate testing, high value agricultural production, bioenergy, small-scale local circular solutions and Arctic creative industries.

Article: E-Commerce in Russia: Rapid Growth (Temporarily?) Challenged

Young sectors, such as e-commerce, have grown considerably in recent years in Russia. Online retail has witnessed a huge 25 % annual growth, but is now stagnating – at least temporarily – due to a range of reasons.

Huge growth during the past five years

Internet penetration has been growing rapidly in Russia during the past few years reaching now 59% of the adult population. With over 70 million people using internet monthly, Russia has the biggest online audience in Europe. Also online retail has been growing at least 25% annually. Globally, Russia ranks ninth in total e-commerce turnover (EUR 15,5 billion in 2013, after e.g. USA, China, Japan, Australia, UK, France and Germany), and is the number one emerging e-commerce country in Europe ahead of e.g. Spain and Italy.

Baltic Development Forum State of the Region 2016 report published

The 2016 State of the Region Report was written by Christian Ketels and Helge J. Pedersen, who also presented it in the Baltic Development Forum Summit in Stockholm on November 8th.

The report is titled "The Top of Europe - Doing Well Today, Feeling Worried about Tomorrow".

Download the report on BDF website.

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