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Atlas Cultural Tourism Research Project

Tourists taking pictures at the khmer Pre Rup ...

Tourists taking pictures at the khmer Pre Rup temple ruins, an example of cultural tourism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Global Network for cultural tourism research

Cultural tourism has been identified as one of the most important areas of global tourism demand. The importance of this market has created a need for information on the characteristics, behaviour and motivations of cultural tourists. Over the past 20 years, the ATLAS Cultural Tourism Research Programme has monitored this through visitor surveys and studies of cultural tourism policies and suppliers. Successive surveys have illustrated how rapidly this market is developing.
This site provides an overview of the research programme, information on how to participate and publications from previous research.


Cultural Tourism in Europe (reading)

Cultural Tourism in Europe (PDF)

Edited by Greg Richards

The research project on which this book is based began to take shape in 1991, when the European Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was given financial support by DGXXIII of the European Commission for a transnational study of European cultural tourism.
The basic reason for establishing the ATLAS Cultural Tourism Project was that very little comparative data then existed on European cultural tourism. Previous studies had tended to cover individual cultural tourism markets, or were generalized conceptual studies. The lack of data was problematic, as the European Commission had designated cultural tourism as a key area of tourism development in Europe in 1990.
Without basic data on cultural tourism at European level, it is difficult to implement or to evaluate the implementation of cultural tourism policies. The ATLAS Cultural Tourism Project was therefore designed to provide comparative transnational data on cultural tourism, which would serve as a basis for the analysis of cultural tourism developments and trends across Europe. Although this was originally envisaged as a fairly limited project, the problems associated with organizing a transnational project and collecting and analysing comparable data ensured that the project extended far
beyond its original scope.

Cultural Tourism Ireland


Ireland (Photo credit: Trent Strohm)

Bespoke archaeology and cultural heritage travel learning experiences

Our mission is to bring Ireland’s cultural heritage to life by making it possible for people interested in archaeology, anthropology history to experience the excitement of a real archaeological research excavation.

We can provide unrivalled access to archaeological and historical monuments and places, and to the experts who surveyed, researched and excavated them.

Similarly, we can facilitate your visit to hidden Ireland’s spectacular architectural buildings, in the company of the owners and the architects who carried out their conservation.

We are happy to work with individuals, families, groups, tour operators and alumni / travel planners, to provide a truly unique tailor made itinerary to match your needs and interests.

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