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Science meets Regions

Coastal and Maritime Tourism & Sustainable Growth – Pori, Finland

26 September 2019

What?

SAMK organises an event in the framework of the ‘Science meets Regions’ pilot project.

When?

The event will be held on 26 September 2019.

Where?

The event will be hosted at SAMK Campus Pori, Satakunnankatu 23, Finland.

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Coastal and Maritime Tourism & Sustainable Growth

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) organises an event in the framework of the ‘Science meets Regions’ pilot project, funded by the European Parliament.

The topic of the event is coastal and maritime tourism as Blue Growth is one of the most important emerging themes in the regional development. Coastal and maritime tourism represents a major economic asset for the region, but also entails significant social and environmental consequences in the long-term. The event will discuss ways to develop the sector in a sustainable way.

The event is organised in close cooperation with the Regional Council of Satakunta, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism.

Goals

The objective of the event is to build closer links between scientists and EU policy makers, in order to promote a culture of evidence-informed policymaking. This event gives local scientists the opportunity to present their work from various perspectives and policymakers to communicate their needs and explain their priorities on the topic.  Relevant scientific research, policy examples and best practices will be presented and discussed.

In order to formulate effective tourism policies, a holistic European approach is needed taking into account the multiple impacts of coastal and maritime tourism as well as the wide spectrum of stakeholders involved or affected by tourism. The event welcomes local, national and international stakeholders representing tourism, environmental protection, natural and cultural heritage, planning and management, research and policymaking.

Programme

08:45 Registration and coffee

09:00 Welcome
Asko Aro-Heinilä, the Regional Mayor, The Regional Council of Satakunta

09:15 Keynote: Can sustainable tourism development save the world?
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finnish Member of the European Parliament

9:45 Setting the scene: Opportunities and challenges for sustainable development in coastal and maritime tourism in Finland
Dr Sanna-Mari Renfors, Head of the Research Group, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

10:15 Sustainable tourism management models and global best practices
Global Best Practices on coastal and maritime sustainable tourism
Dr Ioannis Pappas, Director, The Global Sustainable Tourism Council
DMOs for coastal and maritime sustainable tourism
Silvia Barbone, Managing Director, The Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable Finland – how destinations can adapt sustainable approach
Liisa Kokkarinen, Regional Partnership Manager, Visit Finland
Responsibility programme in Finnish marine national parks
Terhi Koipijärvi, Director of Communications, Metsähallitus

11:45 Networking lunch and coffee (provided)

12:45 Panel discussion: From policy formulation and implementation to actions
Moderator: The European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Sampsa Nissinen, Director of Unit, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Dr Henna Konu, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Katja Bonnevier, Coordinator, The UNESCO Archipelago Sea Area Biosphere Reserve

Henrik Jansson, Regional Director, Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland
Dr Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen, Principal Lecturer, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences
TBC, City of Helsinki

Asta Laaksonen, Product Development Coordinator, Visit Finland
Q&A

14:15 Workshop on the future steps in sustainable coastal and maritime tourism management
Designing a cooperation action plan with PM4SD methodology developed by the Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism

16:00 Concluding remarks
Krista Tupala, Regional Advisor, The Regional Council of Satakunta

The event is moderated by Rita Strömmer, the journalist and correspondent covering news events world-wide.

Venue

The event will be held on 26 September 2019 and is hosted at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland. The day programme is held in SAMK Campus Pori, Satakunnankatu 23.

Getting to Pori

Arriving by plane: Most international flights to Finland arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Turku and Tampere are also possible destinations and are located near Pori.

Arriving by train: There are train connections between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Pori. For detailed timetables and price information, please visit the webpage VR.

Arriving by bus: There are direct connections between Helsinki city centre and Pori. For detailed timetables and price information, please visit the webpage Matkahuolto.

Accommodation

For hotel reservations, we recommend using Hotel Bepop, which is located in proximity to the campus. We have special arrangements with the hotel. The room price is 85 eur/single room and 99 eur/double room including breakfast (booking code: Science meets Regions, prices valid until 4 September 2019, bookings bepop@hotelbepop.fi).

Fees

The event is free of charge. The social evening programme is by invitation only.

Participants will cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Registration

Registration form will open soon. Registration is required for all participants. Limited number of seats.

Contacts

Dr Sanna-Mari Renfors, Head of the Research Group, Tourism

sanna-mari.renfors@samk.fi

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