More investment needed for Greenland tourism

Qeqqata mayor says minor investments can go a long way
Herman Berthelsen, mayor of Qeqqata local council in western Greenland, argues that just small regulatory adjustments and minor investments can give the tourism industry a big boost.
With giant development projects likes an aluminium smelter, offshore oil exploration and an iron mine put on hold, local councillors are looking at smaller, more sustainable projects.
Economic activity in Qeqqata related to tourism is increasing, Berthelsen says. Much of the growth is coming from cruise ship visits, especially since a new wharf in Sismiut in 2013 has made it easier for ships to land. Cruise operators are learning that Sisimiut is not only a great destination but also an opportunity to take on supplies before heading further in Greenland and the Arctic.
That means more opportunities for local people to arrange tours and sell souvenirs. This is all the result of public sector investment in the necessary infrastructure.
Now a modern port facility is needed in Kangerlussuaq, where an international airport is located, Berthelsen says.
More cross-country skiers, trekkers on the Arctic Circle Trail, big-game hunters and anglers are visiting Greenland, and local governments must do more to put tourism infrastructure in place for them to enjoy their stay, and for the companies that service them to create jobs and make money.
With global warming, all-terrain vehicles can now reach previously inaccessible areas in a responsible manner, particularly in Kanglerlussuaq, between Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut, and near the Apussiut ski area.
The Arctic Journal


Check Also

cruise, port, harbour, Oslo, Norway, halved, ships, turnaround, Per Erik Winther, manager, scandal, number, terminal, Royal Caribbean, build

Cruise visits to Oslo have halved. Why?

A former member of Oslo Cruise Network blames poor teamwork in Norway’s capital.

Bella, Copenhagen, center, mice, meetings, congress, 2018, biggest, Scandinavia, Denmark

Event kicks off big year for Bella Center

The almost 3,000 delegates now converging on Copenhagen are small fry compared to what’s coming.

Norwegian, Boeing 737-800, delivery, final, MAX, aircraft, type, low-cost, long-haul, flights

Norwegian’s last 737-800 delivery as MAX era starts

The airline takes delivery of its 100th direct-buy Boeing 737-800, an aircraft type that is already being replaced.

Nordica, Regional Jet, leasing, lessor, Estonia, LOT, Polish, Groningen, Tallinn

Estonian lessor expands its fleet

Regional Jet, founded by the national airlines of Estonia and Poland, will add two more planes to its fleet.

Norwegian Cruise Line, shipyard, NCL, Bliss, ship, build, launch, float out, Germany, sailings, mega-ship, karting, race track, Meyer Werft

First float-out for Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line’s new cruise mega-ship takes to the water ahead of its April launch.

KLM, Wideroe, codeshare, SAS, Norway

KLM ups pressure on SAS in Norway

A new agreement with Widerøe means more KLM flights will be offered to Amsterdam from regional airports in Norway.