Cultural tourism: A review of recent research and trends

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    This review article traces the development of cultural tourism as a field of research over the past decade, identifying major trends and research areas. Cultural tourism has recently been re-affirmed by the UNWTO as a major element of international tourism consumption, accounting for over 39% of tourism arrivals. Cultural tourism research has also grown rapidly, particularly in fields such as cultural consumption, cultural motivations, heritage conservation, cultural tourism economics, anthropology and the relationship with the creative economy. Major research trends include the shift from tangible to intangible heritage, more attention for indigenous and other minority groups and a geographical expansion in the coverage of cultural tourism research. The field also reflects a number of ‘turns’ in social science, including the mobilities turn, the performance turn and the creative turn. The paper concludes with a number of suggestions for future research directions, such as the development of trans-modern cultures and the impacts of new technologies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12-21
    JournalJournal of Hospitality and Tourism Management
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • Cultural consumption
    • Cultural tourism
    • Indigenous tourism
    • Intangible heritage
    • Tangible heritage


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