We would like to introduce you some of our lecturers who held courses during our International Week.
Our first “victim” is:
Seppo AHO Ph.D., Lic.Sc.
Since 2004 Seppo is the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Business & Tourism at the University of Lapland and he is the Director of Development since 2005. The University of Lapland is the northermost university in Finland and in the EU. Is is located in the city of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. The Uni College of Lapland was founded in 1979 and the Faculty of Business & Tourism was established in 2004.
Seppo is a spook visitor in Hungary. He visited Hungary first time during the 1970’s as a member of a Finnish group which was sent to Hungary to extend and develop the friendship between the two countires. He had met one of his best friend in Budapest and visited our capital so many times. His first visitation to Veszrpém was about 10 years ago when he took part in a conference and in 2002 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Pannonia.
When I first read the title of his presentation „ Tourist Ice Breaker” I didn’t know what to expect. Should I abstract or not? Briefly, his presentation was about a fine idea of a Finnish man called Sampo. He created a new tourist product with which he could make a highly unique experience in the northern part of the world.
The recipe: take the northern icy water, renovate an old genuine ice breaker ship, serve good traditional meal on it, break the real 50-100 cm thick ice to hear the noise, ensure special dressing for swimming in the icy sea, and a multi-facted experience is ready for tourists.
As the founder of the first university study program for tourism and being the first Professor on this field in Lapland he considers this international week and tourism conference as a milestone on the way toward success. He hopes that we can meet next year again.