Our host community for the conference is the Inuit community of Nain; Labrador's most northerly community, gateway to Torngat Mountains National Park, and administrative capital of Nunatsiavut, which is the name of the newly created Labrador Inuit settlement area. Your hosts for this conference will be the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management Program
at the University of Northern British Columbia and the Centre for Northern Studies at Lakehead University, in collaboration locally with the Nunatsiavut Government, Nunatsiavut Tourism, and Parks Canada.

Conference Themes:
The goal of this 3rd conference of the International Polar Tourism Research Network in Nain is to explore how tourism in the Polar Regions is being put into action, especially in light of media attention from the recent International Polar Year.

Specific themes of interest are:

  • How communities are adapting to polar tourism;
  • How communities in peripheral regions are impacted by polar tourism;
  • Learning from the experiences of other locations (case-study sharing);
  • Engaging communities in responsible tourism development;
  • Human resource challenges for tourism development in polar regions;
  • Tourism and climate change in the polar regions;
  • Community commitment to tourism developments; and
  • Governance structures for tourism in remote areas

Research that is cooperative and applied, promoting research outcomes with communities (aboriginal, non-aboriginal, scientific, and non-permanent as is the case in the Antarctic) has been is encouraged.

We look forward to seeing you in Nain and saying Atelihai, Bienvenue and Welcome to Nunatsiavut!

Drs. Patrick Maher and Harvey Lemelin (academic conference organizers)

Dates: April 16th-21st, 2012
Location: Nain, Nunatsiavut (Newfoundland and Labrador), Canada
Cost: $2000 for students, $2700 for regular delegates

Full Details can be found at: http://resweb.res.unbc.ca/iptrn2012