Vindkraftsturism : En studie av teknisk turism med särskilt fokus på vindkraftsparker
This study investigates and describes the phenomenon of ‘technical tourism’, in the case of
wind power plants in Sweden. The main purpose of the study is a greater understanding of
a field which to date has remained largely uncharted.
Technical tourism is a type of visits to a production site, where the technical aspect of
the production is the main focal point for the visitor. The definition of technical tourism is
based on concepts within ‘Industrial tourism’. Technical tourism is argued to be a subcategory
of Industrial tourism.
The study, conducted in collaboration between KTH and Vattenfall, resulted in two
complementing parts. Part one, ’Vinkraftsturism: En studie av teknisk turism med särskilt
fokus på vindkraftsparker’, is a theoretical description of technical tourism (hereafter
referred to as ‘Rapporten’). Part two, ‘Kommunikationsmanual: Vindkraftsturism’, a
communications manual based on the results of the study and tailored for Vattenfall to use
when informing various stakeholders about technical tourism (hereinafter ‘Manualen’).
Material for the two parts of the thesis was gathered through interviews and literature
reviews. The informants where gathered in and around one single wind park in northern
Sweden. Stakeholders from both the municipality and local/regional businesses were
included in the study.
‘Rapporten’ — The theoretical review of technical tourism in a wind power plant
deals with benefits and conflicts which may occur when interfacing with the local
community and other stakeholders. A model for stakeholder assessment is presented and
used to find key relationships between involved parties. It further describes the importance
of cooperation and finding common points of identification between the host company and
the region. Two factors which are needed to efficiently establish technical tourism.
‘Manualen’ — The communications manual is designed with the characteristic
democratic perspective of ‘Education for sustainable development’. Furthermore it
presents a workshop structure and a summary of similar projects both national and
The study showed a variety of benefits (five of them) from technical tourism, and
also some potential conflicts. The study also highlighted the importance of collaboration
between stakeholders, both through the informants’ statements and explored in previous
academic works. It also states that the democratic process and the participants’ view of
themselves as democratic subjects, are important factors when communicating technical
The study presents a new definition of technical tourism.
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