Urban Heritage Tourism – Current issues and complexities

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Urban areas have long been regarded as an integral part of contemporary tourism activities. From large metropolitan areas to small historic cities, urban environments now represent an important aspect for business and trade, but also for tourism and leisure. Although the significance of urban areas in tourism is well documented, the increased number of visitors has dramatically changed the overall landscape of many destinations and has resulted in numerous impacts for both public and private sector. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of some contemporary issues and tensions associated with heritage resources in urban areas. The study reveals the positive and negative consequences of using heritage attributes as a tool for destination development and further addresses some emerging topics such as sustainability, authenticity and interpretation of heritage attributes for tourism purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalIlluminare: A Student Journal in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2014


  • urban tourism
  • heritage
  • cities
  • authenticity
  • sustainability


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