Organization management and the development of a qualification system in the outdoor recreation sector: A case study of Estonia

R.Tuula, A. J. Martin

Abstract

In the Estonian context, where the outdoor sector (outdoor recreation, outdoor activities, outdoor pursuits, adventure tourism or adventure sports, ecotourism, nature based tourism etc.) is a substantial part of the overall ‘Sport & Active Leisure’ scene, the need for qualified providers or program managers continues to grow. Emerging issues are a lack of organization structure, clear legislation, risk management, and a satisfactory qualification system. Despite the recent economic recession that adjusted the market in many ways, including active leisure markets, the number of participants in different forms of outdoor activities has been growing remarkably, and the number of providers has not decreased in Estonia. Therefore facilities and conditions provided for recreational use in the outdoors continue to be developed. However, in order to provide balanced development of the sector, there is a need to focus on more aspects than just making the outdoors available for multiple use. Through a review of local literature, this paper discusses the issues Estonia is facing and raises questions about the need for organizational management and the development of a qualification system in the outdoor sector.

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APA Citation

Tuula, R., & Martin, A. J. (2013). Organization management and the development of a qualification system in the outdoor recreation sector: A case study of Estonia. Journal of Outdoor Activities, 7(1 Suppl.), 80–86.

Additional Information

Date: 2013-06-01