Culture and tourism: Natural partners or reluctant bedfellows? A perspective paper

Greg Richards*

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review the development of the relationship between culture and tourism over the past 75 years and outline some future developments over the coming 75 years.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on a review of previous major work on cultural tourism.

Findings

Tourism and culture have been drawn inexorably closer over the years as culture has become one of the major content providers for tourism experiences, and tourism has become one of the most important income streams for cultural institutions. In the future, this is likely to change, as cultural institutions find it increasingly difficult to maintain their authority as the dominant producers of local, regional and national culture and as tourism becomes increasingly integrated into the everyday culture of the destination..

Social implications

The authority of high cultural institutions will be eroded as tourists increasingly seek authenticity in the culture of everyday life and the 'local'.

Originality/value

This study reviews the dynamics of the cultural field and sketches the long-term future development of the relationship between tourism and culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-234
JournalTourism Review
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Cultural tourism
  • Culture
  • Museums
  • Tourism

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