Journal of Heritage Tourism (J Herit Tourism )

Description

The Journal of Heritage Tourism (JHT) is a peer-reviewed, international transdisciplinary journal. JHT focuses on exploring the many facets of one of the most notable and widespread types of tourism. Heritage Tourism is among the very oldest forms of travel. Activities such as visits to sites of historical importance, including built environments and urban areas, rural and agricultural landscapes, natural regions, locations where historic events occurred and places where interesting and significant living cultures dominate are all forms of Heritage Tourism. As such, this form of tourism dominates the industry in many parts of the world and involves millions of people. During the past 20 years, the study of tourism has become highly fragmented and specialised into various theme areas, or concentrations. Within this context, heritage tourism is one of the most commonly investigated forms of tourism, and hundreds of scholars and industry workers are involved in researching its dynamics and concepts. This academic attention has resulted in the publication of hundreds of refereed articles in various scholarly media, yet, until now there has been no journal devoted specifically to heritage tourism. Now Channel View Publications, a market-leading publisher in the field, is launching the Journal of Heritage Tourism to fill this gap. JHT will seek to critically examine all aspects of Heritage Tourism. Some of the topics to be explored within the context of Heritage Tourism will include colonial heritage, commodification, interpretation, urban renewal, religious tourism, genealogy, patriotism, nostalgia, folklore, power, funding, contested heritage, historic sites, identity, industrial heritage, marketing, conservation, ethnicity, education and indigenous heritage. Journal of Heritage Tourism will begin in early 2006. Volume 1 will consist of two issues with 4 issues per volume from Volume 2 (2007) onwards.

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  • Website
    Journal of Heritage Tourism website
  • ISSN
    1743-873X
  • OCLC
    179956838
  • Material type
    Periodical, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Hutongtels have become a favorite tourism product for domestic and international tourists to Beijing. This research defines the hutongtel as a city tourism product using previous descriptions of various types of specialist accommodations. Through site inspections and interviews, the history of hutongtel development in Beijing is explained in four stages; infancy (1980s), stagnation (1990 to 2000), rejuvenation (2001 to 2005), and rapid growth (2006 and after). The spatial distribution pattern of hutongtels in Beijing’s historic districts is identified and visualized by quadrat analysis and kernel density estimation. The two highest agglomerations of hutongtels were in the Dongsi (东四) and Nanluoguxiang Lane (南锣鼓巷) Blocks. The four other highest agglomerations were in the Xisi (西四), Shichahai Lake (什刹海), Dashila (大栅栏) and Dongdan Beidajie (东单北大街) Blocks. All six agglomerations are located in authorized historic streets of old Beijing.
    Journal of Heritage Tourism 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Elderly inhabitants' memories can be a valuable source of information about the intangible aspects of cultural heritage of interest to tourists. Using the theory of social representations, this research project focuses on the urban area of the former 17th Municipality of Rome (located on the right riverbank of the Tiber River and including the neighborhoods of Prati and Borgo close to the Vatican City). All three older people's centers of the municipality have participated on a voluntary basis. The total of 64 persons provided demographic information, took tests assessing cognitive skills and memory, attended focus groups and participated in in-depth interviews in order to produce a documentary for tourists. As a result, the four most significant social representations of the cultural heritage of the former 17th Municipality of Rome have been identified and described in relation to the predominant emotions evoked. The final product consists of a documentary that includes selected interviews with the elderly inhabitants, insights from an archeologist and art historian, as well as local administration and authorities, in order to enrich tourist experience. Practical implications of the research project are discussed in relation to urban tourism.
    Journal of Heritage Tourism 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores visitors' motivations and experiences for visiting the Tyburn monastery and retreat centre in the north island of New Zealand, and the perspectives of the nuns on the impacts of the visits. Using a qualitative research approach, the paper presents the findings of semi-structured interviews with 22 visitors and 3 nuns at the monastery; all Catholic in denomination. Findings of the research elicited three key experiential themes which were: “religious experience”, “personal experience” and “social experience”, although the overriding experience was religious. Findings also revealed that all visitors were welcome and were not treated as a burden by the nuns; in contrast to the more negative perspectives that are argued in some previous religious tourism studies. These findings thereby contribute potential knowledge of how a contemporary Catholic cloistered monastery is efficiently and uniquely managed through the Benedictine rule that is followed, which lays out principles of governing or administrating and hospitality, and which protects the devotional experience for its visitors.
    Journal of Heritage Tourism 04/2014;
  • Journal of Heritage Tourism 01/2013; 8(4):275-291.
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    ABSTRACT: The tourism literature does not consider the role of the local arts agency in destination management. This paper explores the extent to which local arts agencies engage in programming and partnerships related to the development of tourism. It proposes that participation in cultural tourism management is determined by both organizational and environmental characteristics. Drawing on a national survey of local arts agencies, the analysis compares survey measures of these characteristics to estimate their influence on the likelihood that agencies are involved in cultural tourism programming. Two-thirds of subject local arts agencies report that their organization is currently working or partnering in programming aimed at cultural tourism. Smaller agencies with a range of programs are more likely to have adopted the innovation. Agencies responsible for management of a cultural facility develop audiences through cultivation of tourists.
    Journal of Heritage Tourism 01/2012;
  • Journal of Heritage Tourism 01/2012; 7(3):281-283.
  • Journal of Heritage Tourism 01/2012; 7(3):273-274.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores the negotiation of authenticity with the case of Cathar heritage tourism in southern France. Also known as the Albigensians, the Cathars were a medieval sect practicing in the Languedoc Region of southern France from the tenth to the fourteenth century. Cathar heritage tourism is based upon various museums, heritage centers, castles, and seasonal trading fairs or markets supplemented by the activities of Cathar re-enactment or ‘living history’ societies. This interest in Cathar heritage has led to a highly saturated calendar of events. In 2010, for example, the total number of all varieties of these events in France was 36, with over 4000 people actively participating and the events attracting upwards of about 3 million visitors annually.Based on a case-study approach, the geographical breadth of Cathar heritage tourism in France is outlined, giving brief case studies of each of the main types of tourist experiences. This is followed with a discussion on how notions of authenticity and commodification are constructed by key participants through the staging of particular types of Cathar heritage tourism.
    Journal of Heritage Tourism 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper analyzes the development of a Buddhist pilgrimage destination, Wutai Shan, China, as both a world heritage site and a tourist destination. We examine the impact this process has had on local residents and the types of visitors world heritage status attracts. This research points to two findings: (1) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization world heritage status can lead to spatial conflicts in societies in which the separation of cultural sites, commercial activity, and local life are not part of the social landscape and (2) the majority of visitors to this site are domestic tourists with religious intentions.
    Journal of Heritage Tourism 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Tourism is considered to present a contrived and inauthentic version of a nation and that there is a big gap between touristic image and the social reality of the nation. By contrast, some scholars have argued that tourism can be an important tool to articulate nationhood and nationalism as it represents an authentic national culture. This paper looks into the representation of the Nepali nation in tourism and sees how fairly it represents ‘national imagery’ and culture. Data collected through unobtrusive methods and observations show that tourism is presenting a picture of Nepal that is largely partial and unrepresentative of its composite character. The imagery of Nepal in tourism is full of references to Himalayan heritage and there is a serious under-representation of the region of Terai and its people. The portrayal of Nepal in the two sources used reflects the representations of some kinds of ‘conservative nationalism’ in Nepal. This study also stresses that such (under)representations prevents tourism from playing a meaningful role in bringing in more ‘sub-national’ identities into the composite imagery of Nepal and solidifying and expressing Nepali national identity and nationalism.
    Journal of Heritage Tourism 01/2012;
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