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.
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 […]
These five principles originated during Hargrove’s tenure with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They have stood the test of time, and are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.
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 […]
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 […]
“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)