Programme of 15th International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations #rtdfinland2020 #jamk

Venue and Info

Helsinki is one of the pilot destinations in the Sustainable Travel Finland initiative launched in September 2019 by Visit Finland. The initiative provides companies and destinations with a sustainable development process covering ecological, social, economic and cultural dimensions.

Helsinki wants to be a pioneer for local implementation of global responsibilities. In September 2018, the city, being after New York the second city in the world and the first one in Europe to do so, thus made a commitment to report voluntarily to the UN on its implementation of the sustainable development goalsThe City of Helsinki's strategy for 2017-2021 includes the goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2035.

Wednesday 8 June

Get-together (more info to come)

Thursday 9 June

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

The conference venue on 9th of June is Suomenlinna Fortress. A Unesco World Heritage Site, Suomenlinna sea fortress is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Finland. Suomenlinna is also a suburb of Helsinki with around 800 residents. The fortress was shaped by three historic eras when it helped to defend first Sweden, then Russia and ultimately Finland. There are six kilometers of walls, 100 cannons, exciting tunnels and beautiful parks in the fortress. There are also museums, guided tours, events and restaurants in Suomenlinna. The fortress is easily accessed all year by public transport (HSL) ferry from the Market Square. The travelling time is approx.15minutes.

Friday 10 June

On Friday the conference takes place at JAMK campus in Helsinki (more info to come) and Oodi the new Central Library in Helsinki.


On Friday 10th the conference participants have an opportunity to visit Oodi.

Oodi is Helsinki’s new Central Library and a living meeting place. Its wide range of services and facilities are available to residents seven days a week, from early in the morning till late in the evening. Oodi functions as a living room for residents, located right at the heart of Helsinki.

Oodi has become a popular meeting place for Helsinki residents and welcomed more than two million visitors this year. Oodi has been voted winner of the 2019 Public Library of the Year award by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). The recognition was awarded at the organisation’s annual conference currently taking place in Athens, Greece.