Importance Of Heritage Tourism

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Heritage tourism or cultural heritage tourism or diaspora tourism is a branch of tourism that focusses on the cultural heritage of the place of tourism. According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States of America travelling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and heritage tourism can include cultural, historic and natural resources. Heritage tourism promotes heritage of a place while ensuring their long term protection. Heritage tourism can be a part of the wide tourism plans of the tourist or he could visit the place for the sole purpose of visiting the heritage site. For example, a tourist can visit New York for a wide range of activities and visiting The Empire State Building, a heritage site could be one of them or a tourist can fly down to New York for the sole purpose of visiting ground zero of the demolished World Trade Centre. Heritage tourism is a viable tourism activity that is, or can be, aligned to physical or intangible heritage. Physical Heritage: Physical heritage can be classified as built structures, cultural landscape, and historic sites. Sites associated with mining, industrial or cultural heritage; sites of important events or commemorations for example Kurukshetra in India is famously known as the battleground for Mahabharta. Collections that house or promote objects of heritage significance for example, museums and festivals like Taj Mahotsav in

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