Contemporary Issues in Cultural Heritage Tourism

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The perceived quality of a destination’s cultural offering has long been a significant factor in determining tourist choices of destination. More recently, the need to present touristic offerings that include cultural experiences and heritage has become widely recognised, that this aspect of the tourism experience is an important differentiator of destinations, as well as being amongst the most manageable. This has also led to an increase in the management of such experiences through special exhibitions, events and festivals, as well as through ensuring more routine and controlled access to heritage sites.

Reflecting the increasing application of cultural heritage as a driver for tourism and development, this book provides for the first time a cohesive volume on the subject that is theoretically rich, practically applied and empirically grounded. Written by expert scholars and practitioners in the field, the book covers a broad range of theoretical perspectives of cultural heritage tourism; regeneration, policy, stakeholders, marketing, socio-economic development, impacts, sustainability, volunteering and ICT. It takes a broad view, integrating international examples of sites, monuments as well as intangible cultural heritage, motor vehicle heritage events and modern art museums.

This significant book furthers knowledge of the theory and application of tourism within the context of cultural heritage and will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners in a range of disciplines.
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Jaime Kaminski is a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Brighton Business School (UK) where he specialises in the study of the socio-economic impact of heritage. He has a long-standing research interest in all aspects of the management of heritage sites, and their social, economic and environmental impact. Other research interests include the impact of social enterprise. He is head of heritage research at the Cultural Business Research Group at Brighton Business School, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG and an advisor to numerous heritage organisations, sites and projects.

Angela M. Benson

is a Principal Lecturer in Tourism at the School of Service Management, University of Brighton. Angela has published over 20 articles and chapters in the areas of Volunteer Tourism, Best Value, Sustainability and Research Methods.

David Arnold is Director of Research Initiatives and Dean of the Brighton Doctoral College at the University of Brighton, UK. He has been involved in over 40 years of research in the design of interactive computer graphics systems and their application in architecture, engineering, cartography, scientific visualisation, dentistry and health and over the past 15 years on cultural heritage and tourism.
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Publisher
Routledge
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Published on
Dec 13, 2013
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Pages
348
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ISBN
9781136663215
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Language
English
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Travel / General
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