Boost to the rural tourism services in Eastern Finland

Ilona Sares, Hilkka Lassila, Satu Anneli Miettinen

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Tourism as an industrial sector is growing strongly and influencing to tourists as well as to the developing of tourism sites. The tourism product is usually described as a service package, which consists of several service modules, such as accommodation, transportation and different kind of activities. These products are typically experience-centric services, which are designed to engage customers emotionally, physically, intellectually or even spiritually experiences (Shaw, Bailey & Williams 2011). Usually the developers of tourism products focus on the technical properties of the product rather than the experiences of the customers (Komppula 2005). Nowadays tourists are seeking sustainable tourist services, which give them memorable experiences and wellbeing. Pure nature in rural area in Finland will be the good environment to produce this kind of tourist products. We need new ways to approach developing process when creating tourism products in Eastern Finland. Today turism business doesn’t co-operate regularly with other sectors in rural areas when offering services to tourists. Customer satisfaction is the key element in evaluating process of services. The producer has to know what are the key elements to build excellent tourism products for customers. Could creative tourism and service design give answers when we create and develop tourism products? The aim of this paper is to show the structure of tourism products by using the model of Smith (1997) and applying it to develop tourism product in Finnish rural area. The other aim is to discuss about the role of creative tourism when developing tourism products. This paper is discussing creative tourism production where the user orientation and engagement are essential. The model will be applied ongoing service and product development project "Internationalizing the local food producers". Theoretical framework is constructed from the thematic of creative tourism and service design applied in tourism production. The data has been using this theoretical framework
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTourism engagement: co-creating well-being
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Advances in Tourism Marketing Conference, Joensuu, Finland, 8.-10.9.2015
EditorsRaija Komppula, Juho Pesonen
Place of PublicationJoensuu
PublisherItä-suomen yliopisto
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-61-1861-1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2015
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event6th Advances in Tourism Marketing Conference - Joensuu, Finland
Duration: 8 Sept 201510 Sept 2015


Conference6th Advances in Tourism Marketing Conference

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design
  • Tourism research


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