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Geopark Lake Siljan Area
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Seminar, third December with Magnus Bohlin: Geopark Theme
Lake Siljan Meteorite
Lake Siljan Area and Meteorite location.
Initial proposals turn Like Siljan Area into a Geopark
▪The organization of guidance tours on a specific route. This tour will pass by all the highlights and will give context to the history of that area.
▪ An online tour via an app functioning as a digital travel guide. This is especially favorable during the off season when there are a limited number of visitors.
▪An UNESCO nomination would help in order to get publicity and funding. The Siljan area might be eligible because the actual crater is visible from space and the largest impact in Europe.(Source)
▪Stimulationof local community involvement can be beneficial for the tourism experience itself. Knowledge sharing regarding this particular place compliments the overall experience(Ross K Dowling, 2011).Developing a network of private and public institutions can be supportive in this regard.
Although the Dalarna region and the area of Lake Siljan are well-known tourist spots, the event of the meteorite is known by very few. This can implicate difficulties regarding the word of mouth promotion of such sites. Furthermore, Sweden has already 14 heritage sites rewarded with the UNESCO, thus competition is fierce(UNESCO, 2014). Especially regarding tourist with a special interest in geology. Digital application such as digital travel guides need to be of a very interactive nature in order to engage the tourist. Furthermore it is complicated to replace a ‘human’ guide.
Arnesson, A. (2014). Geopark-excursion in Siljansringen November 19, 2014. Excerpts from the "Vision and Work Strategy for project Geopark Meteorum".
Dowling, R. K. (2011). Geotourism’s global growth. Geoheritage, 3(1), 1-13.
Dowling, R. K., & Newsome, D. (2010). Global geotourism perspectives: Goodfellow Publishers Limited.
Farsani, N. T., Coelho, C., & Costa, C. (2011). Geotourism and geoparks as novel strategies for socio‐economic development in rural areas. International Journal of Tourism Research, 13(1), 68-81.
UNESCO. (2014). Sweden. Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List (15)
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