Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.

Heritage Tourism

Heritage tourism

Heritage tourism focuses on historic attractions, buildings and objects, as well as intangible forms of culture such as the traditions and lifestyles of communities.

Graham et al. (2000) differentiate between the terms ‘past’, ‘history’ and ‘heritage’. The past is concerned with all that has ever happened, whereas history is the attempts of present-day historians to explain selected aspects of the past. Essentially, heritage is the contemporary use of the past, including both its interpretation and representation. Increasingly, however, the concept of heritage has become associated with the commercialisation or commodification of the past with the growth of the heritage industry. As a result, there has been some contention over the extent to which the past or history should be exploited or distorted as a ...

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