MacCannell revisited in Kvarken Archipelago, Finland

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List of Authors: Kristina Svels
Publisher: Routledge
Publication year: 2011
Journal: Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 3
Start page: 259
End page: 269
eISSN: 1747-7654


Inspired by Dean MacCannell’s Attraction theory, I will, in this paper, examine the
possibilities of turning a coastal area, with no previous attempt of being a tourist
destination, into a worldwide unique destination. Can a place without a history of
‘imaginaries’ become a successful image in a touristic sense? My case study is the
World Heritage (WH) site Kvarken Archipelago on the West coast of Finland in the
region of Ostrobothina. As the first WH in Finland based on natural uniqueness,
designated in 2006, the Kvarken Archipelago is confronted with many challenges.
The area is inhabited, a socio-economic locus for 2500 local inhabitants, where the
WH status has been incorporated as an important asset of regional development
during the last 4–5 years. My main research question is: Does the WH Kvarken
Archipelago have the attributes of a tourist attraction?

Keywords: tourism imaginary; coastal tourism; attraction theory; World Heritage;
Finland; Kvarken Archipelago

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