Archaeology as Heritage Resource: Foundations for Successful Archaeological Tourism, Achievements and Challenges from Petra to Angkor
Author(s): Erin Linn
Global heritage tourism is at an all time high with tourism numbers expected to increase in the coming years. The challenges associated with managing heritage sites are as countless as they are complex. Heritage resources are finite non-renewal assets that provide critical links to the past, a source of identity, knowledge, and cultural values that enable communities and individuals to better understand and navigate the present. The management of archaeological resources, as part of heritage tourism, offers a unique set of challenges associated with their multifaceted use and fragility. Despite the difficulties in navigating the delicate balance between archaeology as academic resource, archaeology as a commodity, and archaeology as cultural heritage, numerous projects around the world are developing innovative approaches to heritage tourism management at archaeological sites. This paper will examine heritage management programs, including past and present initiatives, at heritage sites in Jordan, Cambodia, and Turkey to identify strategic successes and ongoing challenges of managing archaeological tourism at heritage sites. In particular, this paper will highlight the critical importance of community and stakeholder engagement in the creation and implementation of heritage tourism management plans and the need for educational outreach programs to establish long-term success at these dynamic sites.
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Archaeology as Heritage Resource: Foundations for Successful Archaeological Tourism, Achievements and Challenges from Petra to Angkor. Erin Linn. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396314)
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