Industrial railway heritage trains: the evolution of a heritage tourism genre and its attributes

Bhati, Abhishek, Pryce, Josephine, and Chaiechi, Taha (2014) Industrial railway heritage trains: the evolution of a heritage tourism genre and its attributes. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 9 (2). pp. 114-133.

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Abstract

Heritage tourism forms a specific genre within the wider field of tourism; however, this genre itself encompasses a wide range of different types of heritage attractions, of which industrial attractions, military attractions, stately homes and attractions associated with historic people are all examples. This paper discusses the evolution of industrial railway heritage attractions from their original railway operations to visitor attractions; second, it examines the key attributes defining successful industrial railway heritage attractions; and third, it compares and contrasts these attributes for three industrial railway heritage attractions, spanning three separate locations and two countries (Australia and Malaysia). The findings from the study identify and support ranges of success factors and suggest a framework for examining the genre of industrial railway heritage attractions and their attributes. This framework can direct future studies that investigate the nature of industrial railway heritage trains, and contribute to enriching understanding and knowledge of this genre of attractions.

Item ID: 31409
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: industrial railways, tourist attractions, success factors, heritage tourism and sustainability
ISSN: 1747-6631
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 23:30
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 50%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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