What is cultural tourism?

Claire Miles
Jan 06, 2023

Cultural tourism is on the rise nowadays. With each passing day, people want to explore and experience more. So visiting a country is one of the best experiences to learn about the culture of a particular country. People traveling to foreign lands to learn about different cultures have given rise to a new type of tourism- cultural tourism.

It also enables local communities to embrace the culture, as cultural tourism is a major growth driver. That’s why countries are making every effort to celebrate and promote our culture because our community is different from other communities.
Cultural tourism benefits local communities. It can have a positive economic impact on destinations and help underserved communities thrive and prosper. The local community. can use the money from cultural tourism for social purposes. It allows the preservation of local culture and allows communities to highlight their cultural uniqueness to differentiate themselves from other locations. Tourism also helps destinations market themselves and compete on an equal footing with more competitive locations.

Some countries are leading the industry of cultural tourism. For example, France is heaven for tourists, for savoring the sights of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. China also has a rich and fascinating history and traditions. Shanghai attracts many foreign tourists, especially from the US, UK, Europe, and Australia. It is a global financial center and the largest city in the country and a perfect place to experience the history and culture of this country. Turkey has always been a leader in cultural tourism, especially Istanbul, which is stretched between Europe and Asia. One can get a rich cultural experience at Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and Bosphorus. Shopping and browsing at the Grand Bazaar can also be a cultural experience. Istanbul attracts culture lovers from Asia, England, Europe, Australia, Canada, and America. People come here to see the architecture and learn about the Ottoman Empire.

Now realizing the economic impact of cultural tourism, countries are focused on preserving their local heritage and are building cities to attract tourists from all over the globe. It is a “win-win” experience for both the host countries as well as the tourists.