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NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN A BUSY MARKET

The Spaniard Marc Carreras came to Ilulissat in 2012 to work as a guide and ski instructor.  He soon discovered that there was a niche market for adventure-based tourism in Disko Bay for which his expertise and experience could be used to good use. In a market where many operators are already at large,

Marc and his company have already carved out a niche in adventure tourism based on kayaking, rock climbing, snowshoe tours, ice climbing and skiing. They work with small groups, offering guests tailor-made experiences in Disko Bay.

Product development is based on a combination of market demand and local knowledge of what is practically on hand. This is perhaps best illustrated in a selection of new kayak tours that the company operates from a large kayak centre in Oqaatsut.

These tours were set up as a result of PGI carrying out market research which identified the lack of kayaking opportunities in Disko Bay.  

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

In order to strengthen his position on the market, Marc Carreras teamed up with Pas Grau International, also known as PGI. Hence the company acquired its name, PGI Greenland.

This strategic partnership is a good example of how working with the right external partners can bring investment capital and support from an established name in the industry. This gives the company credibility and opens doors to new markets.

These forms of collaboration are also a well-proven and effective model for product development which means that local operators are not alone when it comes to quality assurance, safety challenges, market adjustment and marketing.  

In order to strengthen his position on the market, Marc Carreras teamed up with Pas Grau International, also known as PGI.

The PGI Greenland model is tailor-made for Greenland’s business environment

The PGI Greenland model is tailor-made for Greenland’s business environment where the majority of tourist operators are too small to be able to meet the demands of the market all by themselves.

In its literature, PGI Greenland highlights the company’s core values which are based on passion, professionalism, safety and respect for nature and culture.

PGI stands by these values, communicating them to visitors through its marketing. This strengthens the bond with the adventure-based philosophy on which the company's activities are based.

INVOLVEMENT IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

Collaboration is a core component in Marc’s work to develop the company. The kayak centre in Oqaatsut was set up as a result of working with North Greenland Adventure which provides a logistical platform for products by offering local accommodation, Restaurant H8 and boat trips to and from Ilulissat.

The aim in the longer term is to strengthen Oqaatsut’s involvement in the kayak centre and tourism as a whole. PGI Greenland would like to help the local community to gain a greater share of the earnings by providing services and eventually cultural experiences.    

PGI Greenland’s tours are also offered by a number of existing tour operators in Ilulissat. Marc is therefore trying to create the widest possible access to the important local market. This local market forms part of the client basis for the business in addition to the international tourists that the parent company can bring in.

 

PGI Greenland would like to help the local community to gain a greater share of the earnings by providing services and eventually cultural experiences.    

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