Preserving and managing complex heritage as a tourist product

Munyima, Munukayumbwa (2003) Preserving and managing complex heritage as a tourist product. In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

In Africa, and probably the world over, cultural and natural heritage resources have primarily been conserved and packaged as a tourist product for their tangible values, those values that could easily be captured on camera and described on the tourism market. Often, this is done without consideration for the intangible values attached to such resources by the native communities that have lived side by side with them and have preserved them for many centuries. Most of these heritage resources have been preserved by the natives for so many centuries not for profit, but strictly for the intangible value they attach to them. For them it is a moral responsibility passed on through tradition from one generation to the next. By recommendation of various studies, the intangible value of our heritage has in the past decade or so began to be appreciated as an integral part that is in fact today being used in the presentation and interpretation of these heritage resources to tourists. The challenge for us professionals in conservation is, therefore, to manage and package heritage for tourism while avoiding compromising the authenticity of the relationship between the native community and the heritage resource.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Munyima, MunukayumbwaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: tourism; conservation; management; intangible heritage; presentation; interpretation
Subjects: L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 01. Generalities
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 02. Tourism management
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 03. Presentation
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 15:16
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/514

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