Delivering the past: providing personalized ancestral tourism experiences

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Abstract

Heritage tourism is increasingly viewed as an individual and experiential phenomenon as well as being related to specific attributes of a destination. Ancestral tourism fits the former perspective and centers on tourists travelling to sites which they perceive to be a ‘homeland’ where, during the visit, they attempt to discover more about their own heritage. This study explores ancestral tourism from a provider perspective focusing on the delivery of tourist experiences and relationships between tourists and the place visited. The research is based on a qualitative study of tourist and non-tourist specific providers across Scotland with data collected using in-depth interviews. This study reveals a phenomenon which delivers deeply personal experiences to visitors and where encounters involve intense, often lengthy, interactions between visitors and providers. Ancestral tourism experiences are also often centered on tourism provision within local communities which can present challenges to both provider and tourist alike.
LanguageEnglish
Pages543-555
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Travel Research
Volume56
Issue number4
Early online date4 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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  • heritage tourism
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  • Scotland
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In: Journal of Travel Research, Vol. 56, No. 4, 01.04.2017, p. 543-555.

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