By Myriam Jansen-verbeke, Gerda K. Priestley, Antonio P. Russo

The cultural history of areas and groups is shortly being rediscovered and valorised as a driver in development cultural id and as a ubiquitous source for dynamizing cultural actions. This procedure may end up in the improvement of cultural capital with transparent territorial hyperlinks and, as such, a beneficial incubation situation for growing sustainable and aggressive sorts of cultural tourism. study on cultural assets for tourism implies either a multidisciplinary procedure and methodological ideas to house this type of complicated phenomenon. The problem to spot and map cultural historical past components - tangible and intangible - in a pan ecu context has lately been handled within the ESPON venture 1.3.3 (2004-2006). loss of enough definitions, terrible databases, and a show off of nationwide and region transformations in drawing close tradition as 'resource' for improvement used to be the ultimate stability of that explorative undertaking. those findings have triggered additional case learn examine into the research of cultural history, that's encapsulated during this publication. This ebook differs from others on cultural tourism via its emphasis on spatial dynamics, via reading place and behaviour styles in several tourism locations, by way of making a choice on the parameters of swap triggered by means of tourism and, now not the least bit, trial and blunder examples in coverage making. The e-book encompasses a wealthy number of case reviews normally from far and wide Europe (but additionally together with situations set in Israel, Cairo and India), representing the perspectives and findings of 21 overseas researchers and students in cultural tourism, scanning exact occasions so as to become aware of the typical dynamics and affects of tourismification. the ultimate goal is to suggest constant instructions for coverage, according to empirical insights. The publication contributes considerably to the certainty of cultural range and territorial identification, at the one hand, and to the dynamics of tourism, at the different, all of that are key matters in neighborhood and neighborhood making plans and administration. As such, they need to be a resource of proposal for policy-makers and an eye-opener for college kids, researchers and experts within the box of cultural background and tourism and, confidently, a fascinating digital journey - from Savonlinna to Cairo, from Santiago de Compostela to Sibiu - crossing and studying a kaleidoscope of colorful and designated cultural landscapes and tourismscapes.

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The practice of relying on local and personal observations can be eye-opening indeed and form the basis for comparative studies and a deeper understanding. The actual contribution of case 12 Myriam Jansen-Verbeke and Antonio Paolo Russo studies is the building of knowledge concerning the hybrid role of cultural heritage in the local economy and community identities. Although the European background might mark most of the chapters, there is undeniably a universal component in the analysis of place, people and products.

The latter strategy reputedly more successful than the former in a wide range of cases studied points towards the “dematerialization” of culture. This is, in fact, one of the recent buzzwords in cultural tourism management, consistent with the creativity argument that favors intangible experience-based access to culture over the ineffable gaze at iconic monuments. Regions fulfilling the conditions displayed in the top left quadrant -namely, a good endowment of tangible cultural assets but lower-than-average levels of potential demandneed to market and program their cultural supply better in order to attract more visitors and thus profit from their heritage supply.

The disarticulation of cultural “sights” as they were commonly known towards a multiplication of cultural expressions creates new opportunities to valorise a wider range of symbolic constructs, such as contemporary art forms and the material culture, knowledge, lifestyles and contradictions of post-industrial societies. LOCAL LABORATORIES FOR INNOVATIVE RESEARCH The book includes a substantial number of “unique” case studies, each of which in its own way explores new concepts and methods to identify and understand spatial dynamics.

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