Essay On Culture And Tourism

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1. Definition of Culture and Tourism
According to UNESCO (2002), culture is being defined as ‘the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group’. Culture consists of the practices of society such as the lifestyles, social roles, material objects, values and beliefs that are passed down from one generation to another.
A widely accepted definition of tourism is ‘the temporary movement of people to destinations outside their normal places of work and residence, the activities undertaken during their stay in those destinations, and the facilities created to cater to their needs.’ (Hunt and Layne, 2001) Tourism has its potential positive and negative impacts on the culture of society because it attracts many people that do not belong to the society.
2. Key Cultural Experiences along Singapore River
In the past, bumboats, also known as lighters, twakows or tongkangs
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The report carried out by Tourism Task Force indicated that one of the reason was due to the devastating effects of urban renewal on large parts of the old city of Singapore, with many old buildings and districts falling as victims to the driving force of wholesale redevelopment.
In the process of trying to modernize, Singapore had removed aspects of its ‘Oriental mystique and charm’ which are best symbolized in ‘old buildings, traditional activities and bustling roadside activities’. The report also highlighted the fact that the clean-up of the Singapore River had opened up numerous prospects to develop it into a unique tourist attraction that would appeal to a diverse mix of tourists of all nationalities. If properly developed, it could bring back romance and life into the inner city. ( Ministry of Trade and Industry,

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