3rd Edition

Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies

ISBN 9781138785694
Published October 7, 2015 by Routledge
304 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The third edition of Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies provides a vital framework for analysing the complexity of cultural tourism and its increasing globalization in existing as well as emergent destinations of the world. It focuses in particular on the need for even more creative tourism strategies to differentiate destinations from each other using a blend of localized cultural products and innovative global attractions.

The book explores many of the most pertinent issues in heritage, arts, festivals, indigenous, ethnic and experiential cultural tourism in urban and rural environments alike. Since the second edition of this book there have been many important developments in this field and this third edition has been completely revised and updated to include:

  • New content on: demand and motivation for cultural tourism, sustainable cultural tourism, and ethnic cultural tourism
  • New and updated case studies from an even wider global perspective
  • A revised, up-to-date framework for global cultural tourism studies in the light of recent research, publications, and industry developments.
  • New pedagogical features within the text to aid understanding and critical thinking including: questions at the end of case studies and a further reading section.

At the interface between the global and the local, a sustainable and people-centred approach to cultural tourism planning and development is advocated to ensure that benefits are maximized for local areas, a sense of place and identity are retained, and the tourist experience is enhanced to the full. The text is unique in that it provides a summary and a synthesis of all of the major issues in global cultural tourism, which are presented in an accessible way using a diverse range of international case studies. It is essential and valuable reading for all tourism students.

Table of Contents

1 .A framework for cultural tourism studies  2.Demand and motivation for cultural tourism  3.The geography of cultural tourism  4. The politics of cultural tourism 5. Heritage, tourism and museums  6. Indigenous cultural tourism  7. Ethnic cultural tourism  8. The arts, festivals and cultural tourism  9. Creative tourism  10. Experiential tourism  11. Sustainable management of cultural tourism 

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Melanie K. Smith is Associate Professor in Tourism Management at the BKF University of Applied Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. In addition to writing the first two editions of this book Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies (2003, 2009), she has edited four further books on cultural tourism including the Routledge Handbook of Cultural Tourism with Greg Richards (2013) and Ethnic and Minority Cultures as Tourist Attractions with Anya Diekmann (2015), and contributed chapters to several other cultural tourism books. She was also Director of an MA in Cultural Tourism Management at the University of Greenwich in London for several years.


"This broad ranging text does not shy away from the complexity of cultural tourism, presenting an academically rigorous yet eminently readable publication. It clearly builds on previous editions and illustrating various developments in our thinking and understanding through the application of appropriate theory and the many concise and relevant case studies. These cases illuminate the points being made, providing readers with many entry points to understanding as well as from which to ground their understanding. The breadth and depth of the new material is timely and relevant, maintaining the integrity of the publication while not simply re-iterating the work. An essential addition to any cultural tourism collection."- Dr. Sue Beeton, PhD, Hon Associate Professor in Tourism, La Trobe University, Australia

"Highlighting the changing nature of cultural tourism this edition is updated and reinvented, including a cultural tourism framework and advocating sustainable planning of experiences. Framed by theory, illustrated by case studies and augmented by study questions this book provides valuable context for tourism researchers and students interested in the cultural tourism phenomenon. " – Dr Lee Jolliffe, Hospitality and Tourism, University of New Brunswick, Canada