Tourism Development in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut and Around the Wrecks of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site

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Title: Tourism Development in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut and Around the Wrecks of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site
Authors: Weber, Melissa
Dawson, Jackie
Carter, Natalie Ann
Date: 2021
Abstract: Tourism is a growing industry within Inuit Nunangat and an important part of Nunavut’s economy. The discovery of the Franklin Wrecks, on September 2, 2014 and September 3, 2016, is expected to generate tourism demand and related tourism development opportunities. However, what is unclear is 1) what the potential visitor experience could look like; and 2) the feasibility of developing a visitor experience. The purpose of this research project was to document community knowledge and perspectives on tourism development to assist in tourism planning, management and development at the Franklin Wrecks sites. This report reflects the knowledge and opinions gathered through interviews with community members in Gjoa Haven who were identified as key knowledge holders and/or experts. The specific project objectives were to... 1. Identify community perspectives and recommendations for tourism development; 2. Document community perspectives on the Wrecks of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site as a tourist destination; and 3. Determine how the Franklin Wrecks will influence tourism development in Gjoa Haven. Key findings of the project are... The community of Gjoa Haven would welcome tourism and would like to see the number of tourists coming into the community increase; For tourism to increase in Gjoa Haven and around the Franklin Wrecks sites, key infrastructure and facilities are needed (e.g. expanded airstrip, harbours, larger community spaces (i.e. buildings) and cabins at the Franklin Wrecks sites); and The potential for economic development related to the discovery of the Franklin Wrecks is known to the community. The demand is there and the community needs to be prepared in order to maximize the benefits of it. Community-identified recommendations include... Build infrastructure for tourism that will also have residual benefits to the community; Market and share information about Gjoa Haven to the outside world; Develop tourism attractions and elements of the visitor experience; Create more transportation options; Increase search and rescue capabilities; and Prepare the community for tourism.
URL: https://www.arcticcorridors.ca/?acr_download=%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2021%2F05%2F2021TourismDevelopment_GjoaHaven_ENG.pdf&v=1622488508624
http://hdl.handle.net/10393/42240
DOI: 10.20381/15nv-4658
CollectionGéographie, environnement et géomatique - Publications // Geography, Environment and Geomatics - Publications
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