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The Social Side of Tourism: The Interface between Tourism, Society, and the Environment

Answers to Global Questions from the International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT)

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Edited By Michael Lück, Jan Velvin and Bernd Eisenstein

The International Competence Network of Tourism Research and Education (ICNT) covers various areas of research. ICNT’s third book offers insights of tourism experts with a wide range of interest and expertise on the way tourism is understood and worked in different countries around the world. The volume analyses the interface between the social, the natural, and the economic environments and focuses on an increase of competitive advantages and local value creation. This includes the social and cultural perspectives of host communities and tourists.
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The French Shore Historical Society: Creating new tourism experiences for visitors (Hull)

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John S. Hull

The French Shore Historical Society: Creating New Tourism Experiences for Visitors

1. Introduction

Cultural tourism is increasingly recognized as an important motivation for international travelers in search of experiencing the cultural heritage, arts, philosophy and institutions of another region or country (Timothy & Boyd 2003). The UNWTO reports that 37% of all international trips include a cultural component and that cultural tourism is growing at 15% annually (UNWTO 2011). In Europe, the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) Cultural Tourism Survey (2007) ascertains that the proportion of tourists on cultural holiday has increased from 17% in 1997 to 31% in 2006. In North America, the Travel Activities and Motivation Survey of Canadian Heritage Enthusiasts (TAMS) (2003) determined that 32% of cultural travelers add extra time to their trip, because of cultural, art, historic or heritage experiences.

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