Local Development Policies for Heritage Tourism

(Pages 330-335)

Adriaan De Man1 and João Tiago Tavares2
1United Arab Emirates University, PO Box 15551, Al Ain, UAE.
2Arquivo Municipal de Oliveira De Azeméis, Rua Manuel Alegria, 131, 3720-292 Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.55365/1923.x2023.21.32


The central purpose of this paper is to question to which extent local heritage may function as a facilitator for local tourism development. In other words, the often unremarkable nature of heritage components within the boundaries of a municipality is a common deterrent for successful commodification and marketization, yet they are always present in any local tourism plan. Two case studies, namely Oliveira de Azeméis in Portugal and Al Ain in the UAE, are used to substantiate this discussion, and to advocate for feasible, well-dimensioned approaches, both from a top-down and a community-based perspective.


Cultural tourism; local development; heritage economics.

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