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Legacy Tourism: The Search for Personal Meaning in Heritage Travel
Tourism Management
  • Gary McCain, Boise State University
  • Nina M. Ray, Boise State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
12-1-2003
Disciplines
Abstract
In recent years, the existence and nature of the heritage tourism market has attracted substantial attention in the tourism industry. There appears to be a sub-segment of the heritage market that consists of tourists who have a personal connection with their heritage beyond a general relationship of collective ancestry. Those that travel to engage in genealogical endeavors, to search for information on or to simply feel connected to ancestors and ancestral roots are categorized as legacy tourists. This paper describes the heritage tourism market, discusses distinguishing characteristics that identify legacy tourists, and emphasizes to tourism managers the importance of recognizing and responding to this segment.
Citation Information
Gary McCain and Nina M. Ray. "Legacy Tourism: The Search for Personal Meaning in Heritage Travel" Tourism Management (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nina_ray/34/