A marriage of convenience? Heritage and tourism working together

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Publication type Article
JournalHistoric Environment: the journal of ICOMOS Australia
Year2007
Volume19
Issue2
Pages9-12
ISSN (print)0726-6715
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Heritage sites have been tourist destinations for hundreds of years and recently the tourism sector has been heavily promoting heritage for at least the last thirty years. However, there are huge frictions between heritage 'professionals' and those who work in the tourism industry. How have we failed to work together so comprehensively? What stops specialists in heritage (itself a word despised by many academics and professionals) working effectively with (those who should be) colleagues in the tourism sector? Are we still far apart in approach or are we begininng to work to a common goal? This article addresses some of the frictions between heritage and tourism and draws on the presenter's recent work in the UK, Africa and Jordan to reflect on the relationship. It starts from the premise that heritage and tourism are, in essence, an arranged marriage. We can continue to dislike each other and frustrate each other; or we can begin to live the rest of our lives together and strive for a level of, at least, mutual understanding that will benefit the partnership for the better of both.
PublisherCouncil for the Historic Environment
URLhttp://australia.icomos.org/publications/historic-environment/
NotesThis article stems from the annual conference of ICOMOS Australia. It is due for publication in Spring 2007.
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