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Economics of cultural tourism: issues and perspectives

Douglas Noonan and Ilde Rizzo ()

Journal of Cultural Economics, 2017, vol. 41, issue 2, No 1, 95-107

Abstract: Abstract The special issue aims at exploring, with an economic perspective, the interconnections between cultural participation, in all its expressions, and tourism organization and patterns with the purpose of understanding economic effects, emerging trends and policy implications. The expanding notion of the cultural consumption of tourists makes the definition of cultural tourism increasingly elusive. Empirical investigations of the relationships between cultural participation and cultural heritage and tourism offer interesting hints in many directions. This introduction briefly overviews the premise of this special issue, the literature and the several perspectives taken by the included articles. Aside from their cultural topics—general, intangible or temporary—these essays all tackle some important economic dimensions of tourism. We encourage cultural economists to invest more in these fascinating areas as more than just intellectual tourists.

Keywords: Cultural tourism; Cultural economics; Cultural consumption; Sustainability; Nonmarket valuation; Heritage tourism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1007/s10824-017-9300-6

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