The National Trust defines heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes cultural, historic and natural resources” (National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2008). More and more people are seeking unique travel experiences that combine history, education, entertainment and authenticity. A cultural heritage tourism survey conducted in 2009 revealed that 78% of all … [Read more...]
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions asked about Cultural Heritage and Destination Tourism.
Tourism has become the largest industry worldwide in terms of employment and share of gross domestic product. Global Travel & Tourism continues to grow in spite of the continuing economic challenges. Tourism’s direct contribution to GDP in 2011 was US$2 trillion and the industry generated 98 million jobs. Tourism is one of America's largest employers with 7.4 million direct travel-generated jobs. In 2010, domestic and international travelers spent $758.7 billion in the U.S., an … [Read more...]
A recent study by the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism revealed that nearly 15.4 million of the overseas travelers to the U.S. were cultural heritage travelers. Growth of cultural heritage visitors outpaced average growth of all overseas arrivals to the United States (14% and 11%, respectively). Since 2004, the number of CHV travelers increased from 10.6 million (68.7% of the market) to the current 15.4 million or 71.2 percent of all overseas visitors. The rapid expansion of travelers … [Read more...]