Video conference «Art and culture in tourism»
September, 16 the video conference "Art and culture in tourism: challenges and possibilities" within the project "Karelian art residency network and art tourism" took place. Organizers: Karelia Expert (Joensuu), Tourist Information Center of the Republic of Karelia (Petrozavodsk).
Alexey Tigushkin, project manager, director of the Tourist Information Center, presented the program of the art residency network as a territory development driver. Sergey Terentyev, project expert, spoke about the features of different concepts of each residency of the network (Petrozavodsk, Sortavala, Kostomuksha). Ekaterina Kulieva and Anastasia Pavlova, coordinators of the Sortavala art residence, introduced the projects already implemented in the residence. Jan Badur, marketing expert and CEO of Nordic Marketing, presented the expert opinions of European tour operators on the potential of cross-border art tours developed by partners within the project. Susanna Markkola, program Manager for culture in Finland (Visit Finland) and Soila Palviainen, General Director, tourism expert (Aurana Oy) spoke about current topics of international cultural tourism, features of cultural tourism in the border and cross-border regions. The participants discussed the prospects for the development of the project "Karelian art residency network and art tourism", the possibilities and difficulties of creating cross - border art tours within the framework of tourist services.