Tourism and Cultural Heritage in the Post-COVID Period

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 5636

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Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
Interests: cross-border cooperation (CBC); environmental impact assessment; international cooperation; landscape architecture; regional planning; spatial planning and territorial governance; strategic and common planning; sustainable tourism; urban and city planning
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Department of History, Geography and Anthropology, University of Huelva, 21071 Huelva, Spain
Interests: environment; geographical analysis; geography; land use planning; spatial analysis; sustainable development; urban management; urban planning; urbanism; water cycle planning; water resources
Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland
Interests: ethnologist; anthropologist of culture; cultural studies; sociology; politics; migration fluxes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

New trends in tourism (rural, nature-based, cultural, creative, or slow tourism) allow us to obtain from the thematic literature several pieces of evidence of their relevance for regional development. Based on several academicians' reflections regarding the relevancy of those tourism typologies for tender and peripheral regions, it was already proved that tourism creates work for regional, local, and even national economies. Likewise, the practical proof reveals that tourist spending creates more employment and benefits than any other economic sector and contributes to regional economic development and strength.

Contextually, the current Special Issue (SI) anticipates crossing and analyzing the new trends and dynamics in tourism and cultural heritage planning in the post-COVID period. Moreover, considering the recent territorial policies and the phenomenon of massive tourism, cultural and heritage management, among many other hot topics, will be expected to be debated in this SI.

In this regard, the editors motivate the submission of manuscripts associated with the topics of tourism trends and cultural heritage in the post-COVID period among several other topics that could relate to this Special Issue's main scope and consequently provide literature enrichment regarding this specific thematic field.

Prof. Dr. Rui Alexandre Castanho
Prof. Dr. José Manuel Jurado-Almonte
Prof. Dr. Magdalena Sniadecka-Kotarska
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • creative and cultural tourism
  • cultural heritage
  • e-tourism
  • eco-tourism
  • peripheral regions
  • sustainability
  • sustainable development goals
  • sustainable development
  • tourism sustainability

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Adrijo: A Digital Platform for Adriatic Port Heritage—Good Practices for Virtual Museums and Touristic Experiences
Heritage 2024, 7(3), 1140-1161; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage7030054 - 21 Feb 2024
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Over the past decade, virtual museums have rapidly evolved due to technological advancements, and after the COVID-19 disruption grew in importance, this sustained the innovation of storytelling and the digital transformation of touristic practices. This paper presents the outcomes of a cooperation project: [...] Read more.
Over the past decade, virtual museums have rapidly evolved due to technological advancements, and after the COVID-19 disruption grew in importance, this sustained the innovation of storytelling and the digital transformation of touristic practices. This paper presents the outcomes of a cooperation project: a virtual museum for eight ports in the Adriatic area, constituting notable examples of widespread heritage. The platform Adrijo is a multi-scalar, multilayer virtual museum that leverages the concept of geo-storytelling and e-tourism, also applying two augmented reality technologies for site-specific installations. In addition to the project results, an assessment of the different levels and experiences is provided, based on qualitative and qualitative analysis. As a re-usable resource, the technical tender specification from the methodological work package is presented, encompassing details of the technology, structure, functionalities, costs, timing for realization, and accessibility for disabled people. This paper proposes, through the critical analysis of the VM, a methodology that can be reused in other contexts, also providing toolkits for both its implementation and user satisfaction surveys, as well as for analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of some specific examples. The goal of the present research is thus to establish a consolidated methodological framework for designing, developing, implementing, and assessing a virtual museum, fully featured with 3D models and augmented reality technologies. Full article
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Indigenous Knowledge in Post-Pandemic Cultural Tourism: Discussion from Arauco Territories, Chile
Heritage 2024, 7(2), 829-843; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage7020040 - 09 Feb 2024
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In the last two decades, cultural tourism has transformed the aesthetics and the relationship between the actors of the Arauco territories. In the post-COVID context, these transformations could be reinforced, especially considering the actual legal scenario about indigenous rights and the global ecological [...] Read more.
In the last two decades, cultural tourism has transformed the aesthetics and the relationship between the actors of the Arauco territories. In the post-COVID context, these transformations could be reinforced, especially considering the actual legal scenario about indigenous rights and the global ecological crisis. In most cases, the indigenous people, with cultural tourism initiatives, highlight their world vision, including the relations with nature. For this reason, we propose to study this scientific problem from the relational ontology perspective. In this study, we describe the situation of cultural tourism in Arauco Province, Chile, where Mapuche people, the Chilean State, and the international market coexist in permanent friction. The main objective is to analyze how the pandemic influenced Mapuche cultural tourism, from the Mapuche cultural perspective and the global conditions for their development. The methods of research mixed historical and ethnographic approaches with a sample of key actors of Mapuche cultural tourism. As results, we can show the Mapuche way of understanding cultural tourism and the new conditions derived from the pandemic and post-pandemic contexts. Full article
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Identification of Challenges for the Reconstruction of Heritage Tourism—Multiple Case Studies of European Heritage Cities
Heritage 2023, 6(10), 6800-6821; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage6100355 - 18 Oct 2023
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The process of coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to create various scenarios for returning to the path of tourism development. The search for suitable and effective solutions was at the heart of the Tourism Friendly Cities project, in which [...] Read more.
The process of coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to create various scenarios for returning to the path of tourism development. The search for suitable and effective solutions was at the heart of the Tourism Friendly Cities project, in which eight European cities participated. The aim is to define the challenges and tools related to the sustainability of urban tourism. The empirical research was based on the opinions of experts from eight cities involved, and concerned four thematic areas: the quality of life and tourism in the city before and during/after COVID-19, tourism dysfunctions, the sources of conflicts between local stakeholders, and the tools for the sustainable reconstruction of tourism. The results confirmed the existence of a wide range of declared tools for the development of sustainable tourism after the pandemic. The conducted research indicates key areas of conflict in the field of tourism activity. The authors also come to the conclusion that tools for regulating tourist traffic should not be universal, but should meet the individual needs of the city. Full article
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The Senses as Experiences in Wine Tourism—A Comparative Statistical Analysis between Abruzzo and Douro
Heritage 2023, 6(8), 5672-5688; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage6080298 - 01 Aug 2023
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Sensory experiences play a remarkable role in the visitor’s satisfaction and behavioral intention to return to a wine tourism unit, so it is important to frequently review the environment in which the experience is lived, to make it memorable. This study aimed to [...] Read more.
Sensory experiences play a remarkable role in the visitor’s satisfaction and behavioral intention to return to a wine tourism unit, so it is important to frequently review the environment in which the experience is lived, to make it memorable. This study aimed to perform a comparative analysis of the perception of sensory experiences between the Abruzzo region in Italy and the Douro region in Portugal. This study also intended to understand the most important sensations sought by wine tourists in each region. A quantitative methodology was used, based on a questionnaire survey that analyses the perceptions of sensory experiences and some variables that characterize the profile of wine tourists. The sample consisted of 199 wine tourists who visited the wine tourism units of the aforementioned regions. The structural equation model results showed that sensory experiences were composed of five factors: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch, and sensory experiences manifested with greater intensity in the hearing and smell factors. By comparing the results between the two regions, it can be concluded that smell is the most important factor for wine tourists who visit the Douro region, while for those who visit the Abruzzo region, it is the taste. The obtained results are important, in that they allow perceiving the differences in perception in sensory experiences, which has an impact on the management of companies in the two regions studied. This comparison between two wine regions in two different countries is pioneering work. Different wine regions have different attractiveness factors. Full article
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Assessing Rural Tourism Experiences: What Can We Learn from the Azores Region?
Heritage 2023, 6(6), 4817-4833; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage6060256 - 18 Jun 2023
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This research paper focused on tourists’ experiences after engaging in a rural tourism experience, the activities developed during that period, and the relevant factors they considered when planning the holidays. We collected data in the Azores, a region known to implement rural tourism. [...] Read more.
This research paper focused on tourists’ experiences after engaging in a rural tourism experience, the activities developed during that period, and the relevant factors they considered when planning the holidays. We collected data in the Azores, a region known to implement rural tourism. Therefore, the collected data were analyzed using mainly summary statistics, graphical representations, and exploratory data analysis methods, including the nonlinear (categorical) principal component analysis (CatPCA). The CatPCA’s objective is the same as that of the principal component analysis (PCA). We found that the landscape, adventure-related activities, and local gastronomy were some of the reasons tourists choose the Azores as a destination. The rural living experience and the local population’s welcoming traits were mentioned as factors that make tourists want to return to the Azores on holidays. Moreover, rural tourism in the Azores offers a unique opportunity to connect with the region’s rich cultural heritage. The islands have a long history shaped by centuries of settlement and the blending of various cultures, resulting in a distinct Azorean identity. Full article
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