Monika Lüthje

Monika Lüthje
University of Lapland · Faculty of Social Sciences

Doctor of Social Sciences
Studying culturally sensitive tourism planning

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Introduction
My current research focuses on cultural sensitivity and participatory approaches as ways to change Arctic tourism more respectful towards Indigenous and other local peoples and cultures. For the moment, I am especially interested in culturally sensitive tourism planning, Indigenous tourism certification systems and politics of recognition.

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Publications (34)
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The article illuminates one of the central ethical questions concerning tourist photography: the ways in which tourists photograph local people in tourist destinations. In line with the previous research on tourist photography, the study suggests that tourists' experiences of responsible behaviour become continuously redefined and negotiated in rel...
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This transnational report approaches current tourism development in the Arctic through the lens of cultural sensitivity. What does cultural sensitivity mean? In which ways can Indigenous peoples and other local communities utilize their cultural heritage and contemporary life in creating successful tourism products and services? Based on a tourist...
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The purpose of this chapter is to approach inclusion by discussing the roles of hosts and guests in participatory tourism projects. Instead of drawing inspiration from the predominant understanding of host–guest relations within hospitality management, we call attention to the more ‘ancient’ idea of hospitality, where – in its simplest form – hosts...
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Link to webinar recording: https://www.cultsense.com/videos/webinar-fostering-culturally-sensitive-practices-in-tourism/?fbclid=IwAR2rCwJcyygN_JZVoocpbKVPvwAr2oFpztSDFGeqG43eh9hhVzzEj_cDH4E
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Tourism can have both positive and negative outcomes for indigenous Sámi communities. Indigenous tourism has been described in many studies as having negative effects for the local communities: for instance, it can exploit the natural and cultural resources and exclude the locals from the decision-making process in every area. Community-based touri...
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As global interests increase in the Arctic, there is a pressing need to rethink the ways Indigenous and other local cultures are presented and visited in the region. Through an online learning environment, we wish to foster knowledge and reflection about culturally sensitive tourism encounters among different kinds of tourism actors. Cultural sensi...
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Tourism introduces us to a different culture and its values. Tourism education reflects the values of a particular culture. Both offer a potential for personal growth that can be accessed only by reflecting upon these values. This reflection might yield unexpected results: the awareness that Western education's emphasis on individualism, logic and...
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Learning as an active verb is the core of conscious didactics. It is important for us as teachers to focus on creating successful learning outcomes because this leads to better teaching practices. For that, we need to establish an aligned open learning system by appreciating different learning preferences and designing learning processes that are a...
Conference Paper
In Finnish Lapland, tourists have a vast choice of souvenir products that look like Sámi but are not made by the Sámi. The cultural appropriation of Sámi handicrafts in the souvenir business has continued for several decades. In my paper, I investigate the practices that maintain this situation and reflect on what kind of changes might be needed to...
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Before the COVID19 pandemic, tourism in the Arctic was growing rapidly resulting in various kinds of disturbances in local communities, such as tourists photographing through local people’s windows or husky safaris hindering reindeer herding. An increasing number of outsiders with little knowledge of local cultures was participating in the Arctic t...
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The use of Sámi cultures in the Finnish tourism business has been problematic for many decades. The aim of this article is to explore how the notion of cultural sensitivity could help to find alternative approaches and new solutions to this situation, especially for Sámi tourism. For this purpose, a systematic literature review method was used to e...
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The report offers an overview of tourism development in Finnish Lapland with a focus on cultural sensitivity. What does cultural sensitivity mean? Why it is important to discuss culturally sensitive tourism in Finnish Lapland? How could cultural sensitivity be enhanced, and what kinds of challenges might it present? These questions are approached w...
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Julkaisussa luodaan yleiskatsaus Suomen Lapin matkailun nykytilaan ja tulevaisuuteen kulttuurisensitiivisyyden näkökulmasta. Mitä kulttuurisensitiivisyys tarkoittaa? Miksi sen huomioiminen Lapin matkailussa on tärkeää? Miten sitä voitaisiin vahvistaa ja mitä haasteita siihen sisältyy? Kysymyksiä tarkastellaan erityisesti saamelaisten kulttuurien nä...
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The paper approaches inclusion from the perspective of participatory tourism development by discussing the roles of hosts and guests in both research and practice. It offers and overview of histories of participatory development, moving towards contemporary debates on the importance of including local communities in tourism development. The paper i...
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[Title in English: The touristic attractiveness of local food: A literature review.] This is a peer-reviewed article in the Finnish journal of tourism research, Matkailututkimus. Abstract: The popularity of food tourism-tourism in which food is a main motive for travelling-has increased. The food tourist often chooses a destination, because of loca...
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[Title in English: Authenticity.] This is a peer-reviewed chapter in a Finnish book of key concepts in tourism research. Authenticity has been a topic of discussion for tourism researchers since the 1970's, and new studies and theoretical conceptualisations are published all the time. Authenticity makes tourists travel to certain destinations in ce...
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[Title in English: Learning at the boundaries of communities of practice: University level tourism research students' experiences of a common course with a university of applied sciences] This is a peer-reviewed article in the Finnish journal of tourism research, Matkailututkimus. Abstract: The Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI) in Rovaniemi,...
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[Title in English: Encountering the other in digitalized tourist photography] This is a peer-reviewed article published in the Finnish journal of cultural studies, Kulttuurintutkimus. Abstract: Digitalization has significantly increased the amount of travel photography in tourist destinations. Consequently, tourists encounter local people in the de...
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[Title in English: The production and consumption of tourist experiences] This is a peer-reviewed chapter in a Finnish book of tourism research. It reviews and discusses the various lines of research concerning tourist experiences. Tourist experiences have been studied from a psychological, socio-cultural and business point of view which are utilis...
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[Title in English: Coffee tourism as a mode of tourism and tool of development] This article is a book review of the book 'Coffee culture, destinatons and tourism' edited by Lee Jolliffe and published by Channel View Publications. It is published in the Finnish geographical journal, Terra.
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[Title in English: How do tourists get experiences? Observations of tourists’ acting principles in internet discussion groups] This is a peer-reviewed article in the Finnish journal of tourism research, Matkailututkimus. Abstract: During the last decade, experiences seem to have become more and more central in the Finnish society. The aim of this a...
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[Title in English: Northern patterns of development: From peripheral countryside to a tourist resort] This article is a book review of the book 'Turisti tulee kylään: Matkailukeskukset ja lappilainen arki' edited by Seija Tuulentie. The review is published in the journal of the Finnish Society for Rural Research and Development, Maaseudun uusi aika...
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[Title in English: That pleasant countryside somewhere out there: Rural tourism as an object of experiences, mental images and marketing] From the viewpoint of tourists, the essence of tourism consists of experiences gained during travels. Trips are sold by promising special experiences to tourists, and their decisions are influenced by the mental...
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[Title in English: Searching for the cultural frames of rural tourism experiences and images] This article summarizes the main findings of my doctoral thesis on the cultural construction of rural tourism experiences and images in Finland. It is published in the journal of the Finnish Society for Rural Research and Development, Maaseudun uusi aika..
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This chapter is a working paper for my doctoral thesis. Abstract: Nature is commonly considered one of the essential attractions of the countryside and an important element of rural tourism. Seeing the countryside as nature and talk about rural nature are one perspective from which the countryside can be approached, experienced and perceived. We gi...
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[Title in English: One picture, many interpretations: How do tourists read the pictures of a travel brochure?] This chapter is a working paper for my doctoral thesis. It is published in a Finnish book of rural tourism research. Abstract: Any tourist product or the words and pictures selling it can be interpreted in several ways. Different persons i...
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This paper is a working paper written in a early phase of data gathering and analysis for my doctoral thesis. It introduces the theoretical framework of my study and tests how it works with my research data. The focus is on the most central analytical theme of my study: the countryside and its meanings in the context of tourism. I am seeking an ans...
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[Title in English: Narrative approach to travel experiences] This chapter is a working paper for my doctoral thesis. It is published in a Finnish book on tourist experiences. In my chapter I discuss how travel experiences can be studied as narratives and meanings and how this can be utilised in tourist product development. The chapter draws on vari...
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[Title in English: An interpretation of a tourist product: Case Have Fun in Rural Finland] This chapter is a working paper for my doctoral thesis. It is published in a Finnish book of rural tourism research. Abstract: In this chapter I approach the countryside as a mental construct that can be composed in many different ways and of ingredients comi...
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This chapter is based on my Master's thesis. It summarizes and discusses the main findings of my study. The purpose of my study was to investigate the impacts of tourism on Saami culture in the Northern part of Finnish Lapland as well as the possibility of tourism to support Saami culture there. This was the first time this subject was studied in F...
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[Title in English: The role of culture in tourism as evaluated by Matka Nordic Travel Fair 97 visitors] The purpose of this study was to investigate in a preliminary manner tourism business professionals' and tourists' perceptions of the role of culture in tourism in Finland, particularly in Lapland and concerning the Sámi culture. For this purpose...
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[Title in English: The impacts of tourism on the Saami Domicile Area from the point of view of carrying capacity and Saami culture of the area] The purpose of this study was to investigate the impacts of tourism on the Saami and their culture. In addition, the possibility of tourism supporting the Saami and their culture was studied. The study focu...

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Projects (5)
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SmartCulTour aims to support regional development in European regions, with special attention to rural peripheries and the urban fringe, through sustainable cultural tourism. The project redefines cultural tourism through a contemporary lens and provides a comprehensive measurement framework for supply, demand and impacts. In order to support knowledge-led destination management, a decision-support system (DSS) will be developed for wide-scale monitoring purposes across European regions. The DSS will synthesize both traditional and non-traditional data sources, the latter particularly related to big data analytics, thereby assisting smart regional development. Besides a contribution to conceptual development and cultural tourism measurement, the main objective of SmartCulTour relates to the facilitation of community-led rural development through field experimentation in 6 living labs. Prior to these living labs, a comprehensive desk research will identify significant sustainable cultural tourism policies, their impacts and critical success factors. These best cases will inspire a series of possible local interventions. Within the living labs, novel creative approaches to stakeholder engagement are tested, notably arts-based methods, serious games, and service design which will help to provide local context and support. A toolkit will be designed to help destinations implement local actions towards sustainable cultural tourism development. SmartCulTour will therefore contribute to theory development, empirical validation of best practices within a living labs setting, and procedural development, particularly by providing European regions with a set of strategies to optimally engage with stakeholders and co-create sustainable cultural tourism experiences.
Archived project
The purpose of the project was to promote the utilisation of research in tourism industry and other activities of the tourism sector. The role of the University of Lapland where I worked for the project was to increase knowledge about tourists and marketing.
Archived project
My thesis writing started with an interest to study qualitatively the flow of experiences of a tourist and ended up as a study of the cultural construction of the countryside as a tourist destination. For three years my thesis project was part of a larger research project called Amenity Landscapes and funded by the Finnish Academy, otherwise it was a personal project.