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Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies by Melanie K Smith
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Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies examines the phenomenon of cultural tourism in its broadest sense. Drawing on post-modern perspectives, it emphasises the importance of popular cultural tourism; alternative or ethnic tourism; and that of working class heritage and culture. Its main focus is on the role that cultural tourism plays in the globalisation process and the impacts of global development on culture, traditions and identity, especially for regional, ethnic and minority groups. The text outlines the development of cultural tourism, before discussing the environmental, socio-cultural and economic impacts that it can have. It then provides an analysis of sustainable cultural tourism policies and outlines the importance of cultural politics to the development of cultural tourism. Later chapters discuss the role of cultural tourism in urban regeneration and also explore the organisational framework of European cultural tourism. It highlights the need for greater emphasis to be placed on the consideration of regional, ethnic and minority groups in policy for and in the management of cultural tourism. Individual chapters make specific references to the problems of exclusion and d

Author Biography

Melanie Smith is Programme Director for MA Cultural Tourism/Cultural Industries/Heritage/Arts and Museum Management at the University of Greenwich
Release date NZ
May 8th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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