Dubious Tourist Information Offices
Even in little Ilulissat, there are several agencies proclaiming to be "Tourist information Offices", sounding very official and authoritative. However, they all seem to be private operations recommending their own services.
Interestingly, after I wrote this, it became a news issue in Greenland and my comments were quoted on Greenland TV news, and I was also interviewed live. Apparently, there is a struggle for information control - the official government services vs private actors. Personally, I find that there is abuse of the official names such as "tourism information office and the "i"-mark. However, they could sort this out amicably between them by providing local guide service, so that there was room for private entrepreneurs and local services that had some relationship with the official tourism authorities. If the policy implementers are not allowed to inform about local conditions, provide tips and assistance, the system would grow poorer. Government, please deal with the big picture - lay out the maps! Private agencies, specialize in the local knowledge you base your business on. And find out of the cost sharing key that I assume is looming in the background.
Unique Suggestions: Take your time, look into each of them, and pick what you like the most. Books, maps, souvenirs, tours etc. seem to be very similar and sometimes the very same ones. Determine what you want to do, and check for the best offer in terms of quality and price. Do not skimp on safety, though (experience, boat quality etc).
Fun Alternatives: You may find fishermen, hunters, a kayak club member or families on an outing who will be willing to take you along for a fee. Remember that the time concept is a bit vague, and so may the payment concept be. But it could be a great experience!Related to:
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
There are no tourist traps per...
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