Articoli taggati con ‘Urban Cultural Tourism’

Tafterjournal n. 102 - SETTEMBRE - OTTOBRE 2018

Tourism as a driver of cultural vibrancy in lesser known destinations: a link yet to be explored?

di Valentina Montalto

In recent years, culture and creativity have captured the attention of city-focused policymakers, managers, and academics due to their (still much argued) capacity to contribute to local economic prosperity. “Cultural vibrancy” (or “cultural vitality”, here used as synonyms) is a term that we often come across when looking at the abundant literature on the topic. The reason why scholars and practitioners care about such vibrancy is clear: if culture embraces the distinctive traits that characterise a society (UNESCO, 2001) and can take either tangible or intangible forms (Throsby, 2001), cultural vitality is an all-encompassing term that tries to capture the ways through which culture and creativity are actually expressed, every day and everywhere. More concretely, I would argue that cultural vibrancy relates to all those activities through which culture is actually “animated”, “promoted” and “participated”, and its cultural, economic and social value therefore enhanced. Urban cultural tourism is probably one of the most likely outcomes of cultural vibrancy.

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