Cultural tourism by Razaq Raj; Kevin Griffin; Nigel D Morpeth

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Cultural Tourism (eds R. ) The Impact on Host Communities and specific literature. The subsequent section demonstrates the importance of social exchange theory when developing and attracting tourism to a community, and how the goal is to achieve outcomes that obtain the best balance of benefits and costs for both residents and tourism actors (Ap, 1992). But communities often start tourism development focusing solely on economic factors, paying little attention to other essential factors, such as cultural, social and environmental costs.

Watson, S. and McCracken, M. (2008) Visitor attractions and human resource management. , Garrod, B. and Leask, A. (eds) Managing Visitor Attractions – New Directions, 2nd edn. ButterworthHeinemann, Oxford, pp. 171–184. Weaver, S. (2007) Creating Great Visitor Experiences: A Guide for Museums, Parks, Zoos, Gardens, and Libraries. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California. 1 Introduction This chapter explores the various ways in which cultural tourism impacts on host communities. It explores how the pursuit of attracting culturemotivated tourists will require that communities improve their capacity to establish social relationships and encourage a more active role by community stakeholders.

Actually, nowadays, tourism is culture. Because of the increasing pace of life people have turned to the preservation of the past. It seems that the combination of nostalgia for the past, the need to reassert national and local identities and the perceived economic benefits of cultural development have had a dramatic effect on the supply of cultural a­ ttractions. (Smith, 1999, p. 32) Culture, traditions, heritage and nature are the reasons for tourists to visit an area. Therefore, cultural tourism depends on these natural and cultural resources.

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