Culture: A Driving Force for Urban Tourism
Application of Experiences to Countries in Transition
Report from Dubrovnik
Culture: A Driving Force for Urban Tourism - Application of Experiences to the Countries in Transition was an international seminar organized by the Culturelink Network/Institute for International Relations in cooperation with the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik. It was held in Dubrovnik, 18-19 May 2001.
The seminar discussed two main topics:
- Cultural Tourism as a Niche Market
- The City as a Resource in Tourism
The seminar gathered tourism practitioners and theoreticians Europe-wide. The speakers from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Croatia presented valuable papers on various subjects such as Effective Communication with the Visitor at Heritage Sites, The Role of Theatre and Music in Urban Tourism, The Place of Textile in Cultural Tourism, Cultural Tourism and Culinary Heritage, and The Contribution of Cultural Planning to Urban Tourism Strategies.
Contributions by the foreign speakers were especially interesting and valuable, presenting the best practice examples in the cases of Venice, Swansea, and the Netherlands' cities. Participants coming mostly from Croatia expressed the need to discuss practical issues that they encounter while organizing cultural events or planning cultural-tourism projects. Although ready answers to particular questions could not be given, the issues raised showed the directions that cultural planning should take into account with regard to tourism. The subject of cultural tourism is relatively new among the Culturelink Network's research team, but in line with the European cultural tourism reality the need to develop this research subject is clearly felt. Therefore, it is hoped to continue with the organization of such seminars on cultural tourism issues in the future. The Culturelink members dealing with it are strongly encouraged to send in their contributions, ideas and proposals, to more narrowly define the issues to be discussed and research to be done.
For more information, please contact: Daniela Angelina Jelinčić, Culturelink/IMO, Vukotinovićeva 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, tel.: +385-1-4826522; fax: +385-1-4828361; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org