Production and consumption of European cultural tourism

Greg Richards*

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    A transnational study of European cultural tourism demand and supply indicates a rapid increase in both the production and consumption of heritage attractions. Although heritage tourism demand has been fueled by rising income and education levels, there has also been a significant supply-induced element of demand. In particular, those engaged in cultural production play a key role in exploiting the cultural capital concentrated in the major historic centers of Europe. Spatially localized production of heritage is intimately linked with socially limited consumption of heritage tourism by groups within the "new middle class", rendering attempts to spread tourism consumption through heritage promotion difficult.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)261-283
    JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


    • Consumption
    • Cultural tourism
    • Europe
    • Heritage


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