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Globally, adventure tourism used to be a niche market, but the last few years it has been experiencing very high growth rates. According to research company Technavio’s ‘Global Adventure Tourism Market 2016-2020’ report adventure tourism had a market share of 7% vs other types of tourism at 93% in 2015, but will grow to a market share of 37% by 2020. Greenland is an obvious choice of destination for adventure tourism, so it is very interesting that the adventure segment is enjoying rapid growth.

The industry is also helping to raise awareness of sustainability, the need to support local communities and promote social responsibility. These values help to secure the future of the sector.

In this article, we have compiled a number of key facts on tourism.

Global figures for adventure tourism

-       WTTC found that in 2016, travel and tourism was responsible for just over 10% of global GDP and 10% of the world’s jobs

-       By Adventure Travel Trade Association’s projections the international adventure travel market in 2017 can be valued conservatively at $683 billion, showing 21% CAGR since 2012

-       Adventure tourism providers in North America, Europe and South America are expecting a growth in net profits of between 6% and 13% in 2019 (ATTA survey)

-      The global adventure tourism market is expected to reach $1,335 billion by 2023 (alliedmarketresearch.com)

-       37.4% of all international departures in 2018 were for adventure (Bannikin.com)

-       Adventure tourism leaves ca. 65% of the spending at the destination, while 'All inclusive' mass-tourism leaves ca. 5% at the destination (Bannikin.com)

37.4% of all international departures in 2018 were for adventure

Top 5 activities in high demand:

1) Hiking/Trekking/Walking
2) Cycling (Electric-Bikes)
3) Culinary Experiences
4) Nature Photography
5) Cultural Experiences

Trends in Adventure Travel (ATTA Adventure Tour Operator Snapshot Survey 2019)

-       Solos 18%, Couples 40%, Families 19%, Groups 23%

-       Females 53%, Males 47%

-       Age distribution:
28 and under: 10%, 29-40 years old: 28%, 41-50 years old: 23%, 51-60 years old: 26%, 61-70 years old: 17%, 70+: 6%

-       Trip types in high demand:
1) Custom Itineraries 2) Remote Destinations/Trails 3) Green/Sustainable Itineraries 4) Family/Multi-Generation 5) Expert or Specialist-Guided 6) Long Haul/Overseas 7) Slow Travel Itineraries

-       Factors that are the strongest motivators:
1) New Experiences 2) Travel Like a Local 3) Cultural Encounters 4) Wellness 5) Adventure Travel as a Status Symbol

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ADVENTURE TRAVEL TRADE ASSOCIATION

Together with a few domestic operators Visit Greenland uses the global Adventure Travel Trade Association network to help promote the development of the adventure tourism industry in Greenland.

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ADVENTURE IN PRACTICE - GREENLAND OUTDOORS

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ADVENTURE SEGMENTS IN GREENLAND

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ADVENTURE IN PRACTICE - INUK HOSTELS

Liisi Egede Hegelund offers a combination of accommodation and cultural encounters in a backcountry oasis right in the heart of Nuuk’s urban environment, and her concept shows how adventure in Greenland can be based just as much in urban settings as in the mountains.

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ADVENTURE IN PRACTICE - TRAVELLODGE GREENLAND

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Partnership between companies in a supply chain can be critical for local and global implementation of business development based on sustainable and responsible business practice.

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ADVENTURE IN PRACTICE - PGI GREENLAND

PGI Greenland is a newly set-up company in the Disko Bay. In a busy market, PGI Greenland has found a niche in adventure-based tourism, developed in close collaboration with local logistics providers and an international partner.

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HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADVENTURE

Professional guides are one of a tour operator’s main assets. The guides must have specialised knowledge that can inspire and help the company’s clients in a way that is safe and responsible.

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