After four years of undergraduate studies in tourism management, becoming an MA international cultural heritage management student was a very special experience for me. Previously I was used to seeing cultural heritage as a tourist attraction with economic, cultural and social value at the same time, and narrowly thought that tourism development could serve to increase the visibility of heritage sites, increase economic income and thus better preserve heritage. However, from the perspective of heritage managers, tourism is more of an intruder, breaking the traditional model of conservation and transmission. Santiago is a complex heritage city and tourist city that demonstrates well the contradictions and conflicts between heritage conservation and tourism development. Nowadays, more and more people and organizations are calling for sustainable development of cultural heritage and tourism, but for me, sustainability is a very vague concept, as so far I have not found a single heritage site that has achieved sustainable development goal, only management plans with lists of ‘sustainable development goals’ and ‘requirements for achieving sustainable development’. I think sustainability is an ideal goal and difficult to achieve, but we can try to do better, and I hope that the information I have gathered and the guideline I have generated will help to give this heritage city a better future.
How I promote my website： In order to make more people aware of how inappropriate tourist behavior can do harm to the natural and cultural heritage, and not just for Santiago travelers, I have opened a Weibo and WeChat account and will be updatingContinue reading “Find me on other social media platforms!”
1.Minki Sung My friend and fellow student in the ichm programme, who is from South Korea, is interested in Morden cultural heritage, and he hopes to raise public awareness of cultural heritage preservation by telling stories about it. In his website, he introduces fourContinue reading “Some recommended blogs and my friend’s blogs”
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