Intangibles - enhancing access to cities’ cultural heritage through interpretation

Mitsche, Nicole, Vogt, Franziska, Knox, Dan, Cooper, Ian, Lombardi, Patrizia and Ciaffi, Daniela (2013) Intangibles - enhancing access to cities’ cultural heritage through interpretation. International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, 7 (1). ISSN 1750-6182 (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this research is to utilize commodification for the conservation and promotion of cultural heritage in cities by developing interpretative strategies, specifically enabling access to intangible cultural heritage through its tangible parts

Design/methodology/approach - Three case studies were conducted in the cities of Amsterdam, Genoa and Leipzig through a workshop cycle with destination and local tourism stakeholders and citizen representatives to develop interpretative strategies for the cities

Findings - The paper identifies tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the three cities, and integrates them into stories and outlines the development of an interpretative strategy for destinations independent from, but aligned with, the current marketing and positioning strategy development level

Research limitations/implications - Future research should examine the integration process of interpretative strategies and heritage interpretation of cultural heritage in marketing strategies and in particular focus on the intangible aspects.

Originality/value - The article integrates and highlights the value of intangible cultural heritage and interpretation of cultural heritage in general for marketing purposes through the development of an interpretative strategy improving access to destinations cultural heritage supporting destination management. The article adds to the research discussion of the commodification of cultural heritage.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Tourism > Tourism
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Tourism
Units of Assessment > 26 Sports-Related Studies (UoA)
International Centre for Research in Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Michelle Marshall
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2013 14:05
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 08:51
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/3445

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