Cultural tourism clusters: experiences from Ireland

McCarthy, Breda (2011) Cultural tourism clusters: experiences from Ireland. In: Macleod, Donald V.L., and Gillespie, Steven A., (eds.) Sustainable Tourism in Rural Europe: approaches to development. Advances in Tourism, 21 . Routledge, Oxon, UK, pp. 243-258.

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[Extract] The very concept of cultural tourism suggests that there is a symbiotic relationship between the arts and tourism, and that opportunities for cluster development abound. In fact, relationships between artists and travelers have existed for centuries. The concept of 'cultural tourism' is said to date from the beginning of the 17th century when an educated, wealthy elite undertook the Grand Tour (Towner 1984). However, it is only recently that governments have begun to recognize the value of supporting cooperative activity between tourism and the arts. This chapter presents a case study of a cultural tourism cluster in the South-West of Ireland. The research illustrates some of the opportunities and problems that small communities encounter in their attempts to develop cultural tourism. Conclusions are drawn regarding the potential of clustering to support, or hinder, the achievement of arts and tourism policy objectives. The author concludes that cultural tourism clusters are valuable, but they are not the panacea to local economic development that public policy makers suggest they are.

Item ID: 17712
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-415-54799-4
Keywords: cultural tourism
Funders: Research funding was provided by Fáilte Ireland under the Fáilte Ireland Fellowship Scheme 2006 to 2007.
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 05:27
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150601 Impacts of Tourism @ 60%
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