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Rwanda: Why Culture Is Essential for Tourism

Flag-map of Rwanda

Flag-map of Rwanda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An article by Philippe Mwema Bahati, gives an idea on how cultural businesses can help social and environmental problems caused by poverty to be given a chance through tourism.

I quote: “…Yet to turn culture into a tourism commodity, it should be available, as Bart Gasana, the chairperson of the chamber of tourism in the Private Sector Federation pointed out. He remarked that currently culture is too much stuck in museums, which is why the chamber is working closely with museums to see how to promote culture. Gasana argued that the private sector should be at the vanguard, by organizing cultural happenings. One of the possibilities he suggested was a cultural village, and some of those already exist. The one in Kinigi, Musanze, set up in 2005 and called Iby’Iwacu, is rather special, since it is run by former poachers.”

More info here.


Why cultural tourism is not a quick fix

Photograph: Mark Campbell / Rex Features

Photograph: Mark Campbell / Rex Features

A very interesting article in The Guardian by Helen Palmer tackles the connection between Culture and Tourism and how can Cultural Tourism bring those together in an efficient way.

I quote from the article the following:

“Cultural tourism is about understanding the collective cultural offer of a destination, matching that offer to (and connecting with) the ‘wraparound’ industries (food, drink, hotels, shops and so on) and making sure that it’s all packaged in a way that is meaningful to the consumer.”
Read more here.

Cultural Tourism – Veliko Tarnovo 2013, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo (Photo credit: wili_hybrid)

Cultural Tourism – Veliko Tarnovo 2013 is organised by the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism, the Municipal Agency on Tourism, Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, in cooperation with the Association of Bulgarian Tour Operators and Tourist Agencies and the Bulgarian Association of Hotel and Restaurant Keepers.
More than 30 Bulgarian municipalities, museums and other cultural institutions, universities, NGOs, and stands of from 15 countries take part in the event. This event opened for 3 days, 18-20 April 2013. Visit the event’s website here.

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