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Cultural Heritage involves portraying the past in the present.Much of the content on sawestcoast.com emanates from West Coasters and in some instances, people from other regions and countries. Of course, I could just give visitors the usual 'book information' but that would be the easy way. I want to give visitors more than 'the usual'... I want them to discover the true heart of the West Coast - our people!
How does cultural heritage tourism differ from 'aesthetic' tourism?
Cultural heritage tourism provides people with the tools to be more aware of and to have pride in their cultures, languages, environment, histories, etc. It allows local people to find a niche for themselves in the tourism industry and thus develop opportunities to earn their own living by being creative and at the same time encourages environmental protection in order to preserve their livelihood. The cultural heritage tourist has a high regard for the environment and local traditions, and has a need to interact with the community.
'Aesthetic' tourism on the other hand, reads like a 'holiday brochure', often ignoring the role played by culture and people.
The interesting document below was developed at a Christian Conference of Asia meeting of people from "host" countries:
A Code of Ethics for Tourists(Tourism and the Third World - going the extra mile - Australian Council of Churches).
© Avril Brand, South Africa West Coast