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Cultural attractions and European tourism.

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This book presents the findings of field research undertaken in 1997 under the European Cultural Tourism Research Project managed by the European Association for Tourism and Leisure Education. It looks at the relationship between tourists and specific cultural attractions in the Netherlands. In part I, the development of cultural tourism and cultural attractions is discussed. In part II, case stud...


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The cultural attraction distribution system.

This chapter investigates whether specialist tour operators are offering cultural itineraries that are meeting the expectations of their consumers or, on the contrary, whether the operators are stimulating that demand themselves by virtue of offering these products. In-depth interviews were conducted with 6 professionals involved in offering cultural tourism products, including 2 operators, a guide, two journalists writing about cultural tourism and a musuem director. Next, personal interviews were conducted with 250 cultural tourists visiting the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is concluded that the specialist tour operators seem to fulfil a pioneer role in the market, opening up new cities to cultural tourism before they are discovered and taken up by the major tour operating companies. The tour operators are quick to spot potential new destinations and develop them. These findings have important implications for destination planners interested in getting their city onto the cultural tourism distribution system.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 3) The development of cultural tourism in Europe. Author(s): Richards, G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 31) The market for cultural attractions. Author(s): Richards, G.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 55) The experience industry and the creation of attractions. Author(s): Richards, G.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 93) The Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht. Author(s): Munsters, W.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 111) Urban regeneration and Glasgow's galleries with particular reference to the Burrell Collection. Author(s): Leslie, D.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 135) Clonmacnoise: a monastic site, burial ground and tourist attraction. Author(s): McGettigan, F. Burns, K.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 159) Cultural heritage sites and their visitors: too many for too few? Author(s): Berry, S. Shephard, G.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 173) Urban heritage tourism: globalization and localization. Author(s): Green, M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 199) The Budapest Spring Festival: a festival for Hungarians? Author(s): Puczkó, L. Rátz, T.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 215) The consumption of cultural tourism in Poland. Author(s): Marciszewska, B.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 227) Creative industries as milieux of innovation: the Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. Author(s): Bonink, C. Hitters, E.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 241) European cultural attractions: trends and prospects. Author(s): Richards, G.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Leisure Studies, Tilburg University, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, Netherlands.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2001
  • ISBN
  • 9780851994406
  • Record Number
  • 20013051030