This book provides an in-depth examination of the growing Asian tourism market and consumption in Arctic destinations.

Through five parts, the book covers Asian mobilities consumption as an extension of Arctic international politics, the transportation sector and green cruise tourism, and ethnicity, culture, and history. It contributes to further understanding of the impacts of increased tourism in these polar regions by exploring climate change, debates around emerging economies and global power roles in the political, socio-economic, security and legal issues of the Arctic and Antarctic and associated polar strategies and policy. By drawing on a range of disciplines and with contributions from experts in Arctic destinations or who are associated with the Arctic, it further provides a holistic framing of emerging demand and mobility patterns of Asian tourists in a polar context.

Asian Mobilities Consumption in a Changing Arctic will be valuable reading for students and academics across the fields of tourism, economics, sustainability, development studies as well as other social science disciplines.

part Part 1|26 pages

Setting the scene

chapter 1|11 pages

Asia, mobilities, and consumption power and the Arctic

ByYoung-Sook Lee

chapter 2|13 pages

A critique on the non-critical application of Veblen's conspicuous consumption

A perspective on Asian mobilities in the Arctic
ByYoung-Sook Lee

part Part 2|44 pages

Arctic politics and Asian mobilities

chapter 3|14 pages

Chinese tourism consumption vis-à-vis tourism development strategies in the Arctic

ByEmma Björner, Elena Dybtsyna, Erik Lundberg

chapter 4|13 pages

Chinese tourism in the Russian Arctic and Far East

Implications of a China-Russia political partnership
ByMariia Kobzeva

chapter 5|15 pages

Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Chinese tourism

Sustainable development in the face of otherness, growth, and power
ByNathan Reigner, Gestur Hovgaard, Firouz Gaini

part Part 3|28 pages

Green cruise tourism and the potential new sea route between Asia and the Arctic

chapter 6|12 pages

Renewable energy-based cruise tourism for Asians in the Arctic

A perspective from Northern Norway
ByOdin Foldvik Eikeland, Matteo Chiesa

chapter 7|14 pages

The Northeast Passage

Connecting China and the Arctic through cruise tourism?
ByMinna-Liina Ojala, Juulia Räikkönen, Tuomas Kiiski

part Part 4|82 pages

Ethnicity, culture, experiences, and urbanisation

chapter 8|13 pages

“When I hear there's going to be an Asian tourist …”

The role of Asian ethnicity in the planning process of guided tours in Svalbard
ByEva Kotašková, Matouš Jelínek

chapter 9|11 pages

Thai mobility and consumerism at North Cape, Norway

Zooming in on a stone at a tourist site
ByLine Mathisen, Siri Ulfsdatter Søreng

chapter 10|16 pages

Learning from an Arctic adventure guide

An exploratory study of emotional labour when leading Chinese consumers
ByWilson Wai Yin Cheung

chapter 11|14 pages

The Chinese Riddle

Tourism, China, and Svalbard
ByZdenka Sokolíčková

chapter 12|13 pages

Embracing Chinese tourists in Iceland

The response of the tourism industry
ByVera Vilhjálmsdóttir, Guđrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir, Rosemary Black

chapter 13|13 pages

Designing winter cities

Arctic urbanisation and Asian mobilities consumption
ByDavid Chapman, Young-Sook Lee, Agneta Larsson

part Part 5|14 pages


chapter 14|12 pages

Sustainable mobilities consumption and Asia in a global Arctic

Observations and ways forward
ByYoung-Sook Lee