What are the trends in cultural heritage tourism?

Immersive experiences, engagement with locals, authenticity, and activities/products that aren’t available at home are four trends resonating with visitors today. Another trend that destinations are grappling with is overtourism, where capacity management is necessary to ensure quality experiences and resource stewardship.

How does Cultural Heritage Tourism differ from other types of tourism?

Cultural and heritage tourism focuses on authentic local assets, both tangible and intangible, to attract visitors to a destination. These assets are what define the “personality of place” and, when considered with the natural assets, are unique to the location. Unlike manufactured tourism, which can be located anywhere, cultural heritage tourism is founded on the […]

What is the difference between Cultural Tourism and Heritage Tourism?

The United National World Tourism Organization defines Cultural Tourism as “movements of persons for essentially cultural motivations such as study tours, performing arts and cultural tours, travel to festivals and other cultural events, visits to sites and monuments, travel to study nature, folklore or art, and pilgrimages.” Heritage Tourism, as defined by the National Trust for Historic […]

What are the Five Steps of Cultural Heritage Tourism?

These five steps are modified from the original four steps created during Hargrove’s tenure at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The fifth step, manage for growth and sustainability, was added to ensure destination and site managers focused beyond the initial development phase – to constantly manage the carrying capacity and measure the impact against […]

What is Cultural Heritage Tourism?

“Traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes visitation to cultural, historic, and natural resources.” (Source: National Trust for Historic Preservation)