Sense of Place in Sustainable Tourism Development

Binder, Regina (2008) Sense of Place in Sustainable Tourism Development. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Human response to natural and bui lt sur roundings, geography, hi story and population seeds sense of place. Over time, tha t response i s woven into a shared consciousness by memory, story and exper ience ultima tely imprint ing community with an indelible and phenomenal spirit , unique to its elf. Touri sm is an att ractive engine of growth and development ; however, when tourism pressures compete with community inte rests, sense of pl ace is imperiled. Tha t vulnerabil ity is made acute by sense of place’ s intangibil ity. To counter the vulnerability that intangibility cre ates, we developed a methodology to recognize, ana lyze, and pr esent sense of pla ce as essent ial to the susta inabil ity of host communities, cultural si tes and touri st des tinations. By arti culating wha t is f elt, sensed and perc eived, we reveal a vital set of asse ts for consideration in sustainable tourism deve lopment policy and planning. The paper describes our methodology and provides case s tudies of how we success fully use it with communitie s and cultur al sit es to create sus tainable development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Binder, Regina
Languages: English
Keywords: tourism; sustainable tourism; sense of place; spirit of place; case studies
Subjects: I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 04. Sustainable tourism
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 01. Generalities
I.CULTURAL TOURISM > 02. Tourism management
Name of monument, town, site, museum: The Dune Shacks of Peaked Hill Bars, Provincetown, USA; MacMillan Pier, Provincetown, USA
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2010 07:36
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12

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