Local priorities vary. So do local capabilities. In other words,
local circumstances determine what your area needs to do and can
do in cultural heritage tourism. Programs that succeed have widespread
local acceptance and meet recognized local needs. They are also
realistic, based on the talents of specific people as well as on
specific attractions, accommodations, and sources of support and
One of the reasons cultural heritage tourism is on the rise
in the United States is that travelers are seeking out experiences
that are distinctive, not homogenized. They want to get the feel
of a very particular place or time. You can supply that experience,
and benefit in the process—but only if your cultural heritage
tourism program is firmly grounded in local circumstances.
Base your cultural heritage tourism program on what is appropriate
and sustainable for your area.
- Do the residents of your area want tourism?
- Why do they want
- Are there certain times of year or certain places they
do NOT want to share?
- How will tourism revenues improve
life in your area and affect services such as fire and police
- What is the maximum number of cars or buses your
area can handle? On roads? In parking lots?
you accommodate group tours? Do sites accommodate at least
forty people at once with amenities such
as restrooms, snacks,
and a seating area?
- Can you accommodate visitors
with disabilities or special needs?
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