Scandinavian Things and Chinese Taste
Becoming China-ready in the Scandinavian tourism industry
Interregional Chinavia II Conference with workshop,
Copenhagen, 13th, 14th-15th of June 2014
Conference and workshop participation is free of charge for stakeholders and students invited by the Chinavia team.
Date: 13th of June 2014, 12.00-19.00
Venue: The Japanese Tower – Formerly known as The Chinese Tower.
Adress: Vesterbrogade 3, 1620 København (inside Tivoli).
At the entrance to Tivoli please state which conference you are attending and you will get in for free.
12.00 Registration and mingle tapas
13.00 Welcome by Erik Engenes, Visit Sørlandet, Kristiansand, Norway, project-owner of ‘research and strategy’ in Chinavia II.
13.15-15.00 Understanding Chinese Tourists. Examples of Scandinavian things.
Can Seng Ooi, professor and Center Director, Center for Leisure and Culture Services, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
15.00-15.45 Tivoli’s China Town. Communicating Chinese symbols at the theme park.
Sarah Holst Kjær, senior researcher, Agder Research, Kristiansand Norway
15.45-16.00 Coffee brake
16.00-17.00 Becoming China-Ready in the Scandinavian Tourism Industry. What does ‘China’ mean? What does ‘ready’ mean?
Matias Thuen Jørgensen MA in tourism & Carina Ren, associate professor Tourism Research Unit, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark
17.00-18.00 Inside the mind of the Chinese Consumer? Retail- and shopping strategies in the ‘ordinary Scandinavian main street’.
Stephanie Pabotoy Møller & Joan Thorup Bojesen, MA’s of Managing Creative Business Processes.
Stephanie works at Kopenhagen Fur and Joan at SuperSellers – both in PR
18.00-19.00 Fresh air and a guided tour with Tivoli guide
Venue: The Japanese Tower
Workshop in creative field work
Mapping and creating new tourism markets.
Register for the workshop here.
Please note that this workshop is for both stakeholders and students. There is a limit of 12-15 participants.
Date: 14th-15th of June 2014
Venue: Nordatlantens Brygge, Christianshavn, Copenhagen – contact the reception for direction to the room.
Saturday 14th of June, 10.00-16.00
10.00-10.15 Welcome and introduction
Sarah Holst Kjær, senior researcher, Agder research, Kristiansand, Norway
10.15-11.15 Interviews with the Danish Tourism Industry. Understanding the production of magical experiences for the Chinese tourist. With discussion.
Matias Thuen Jørgensen, MA in Tourism
Tourism Research Unit, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark
11.15-12.15 Methods of Association Games in Ethnographic Field Work. Tourism images and Chinese-Scandinavian differences of association. With discussion.
Carina Ren, associate professor Tourism Research Unit, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark
12.15-13.15 Business-Interview Studies. Analysing strategies, discussions and evaluations on selling ‘Danish design’ in China. With discussion.
Stephanie Pabotoy Møller & Joan Thorup Bojesen, MA’s of Managing Creative Business Processes. Stephanie works at Kopenhagen Fur and Joan at SuperSellers – both in PR
14.00-15.00 Creative field work session I. Students interview stakeholders. Topic: The best Nordic experience for Chinese travelers? Master class participants work in pairs
15.15-16.00 Creative field work session II. Analysis of interviews. What did we learn from session I? Joint discussion
Sunday 15th of June, 11.00-15.00
Preparation for today’s session: Field work observations at The Little Mermaid or in China Town, Tivoli. Pick the notes, pictures, brochures, artefacts or other things from the field for a culture analysis in class.
Please read: Can-Seng Ooi and Carina Ren: Auto-communicating micro-orientalism: Articulating ‘Denmark’ in China at the Shanghai Expo,Asia Europe Journal, June 2013, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 129-145.
11.00-12.00 Tourism Business Ethnography. Creating experience-products while field-working? With discussion.
Sarah Holst Kjær, senior researcher, Agder Research, Kristiansand, Norway
12.00-14.00 New ways of experiencing China Town or the Little Mermaid? Presentation of one’s chosen field work material. 10 minutes for each participant. Joint analysis
14.00 Grab a lunch-bite
14.15-15.00 Discussions on Chinese-Scandinavian tourism strategy: The Unknown North? How to accommodate the Chinese traveler? Infra-structure, marketing, experience products and package tours. Joint discussion.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Copenhagen!
For more info: Erik Engenes: firstname.lastname@example.org, Visit Sørlandet, Kristiansand, Norway