Title

The Relevance of Cultural Tourism as the Next Frontier for Small Island Destinations

Keywords

cultural tourism, economic impact, small island destination, Aruba

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to apply the cultural tourism typology of McKercher and to estimate the economic relevance of cultural tourism to the context of a small island destination tourist market. Small island destinations may be confronted with environmental constraints that restrain the traditional small island tourism development model, which is based on sun, sand, and sea. The cultural tourism typology is used in order to determine whether the typology may be used to segment tourists thereby allowing researchers to determine the economic impact of different cultural tourist segments. This study draws attention to some of the foundational issues that researchers face when attempting to quantify the economic impact of cultural tourists. The results of the study indicate that McKercher’s typology may provide more refined results when incorporating the purpose of a trip; and, that cultural tourists may be a lucrative market for destinations to pursue given the results of an economic input–output model.

Publication Date

6-23-2013

Original Citation

Croes, R. and Semrad, K. (2013). The relevance of cultural tourism as the next frontier for small island destinations. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, 39(4), 469-491.

Number of Pages

469-491

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education

Volume

39

Issue

4

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1096348013491599

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