Environment and Tourism: An Interactive and Creative Relation—The Cases of Vorres Museum and a Cultural Network of Cities

  • Elina Riga
  • Eleftheria Sklavounou
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


Tourism experience affects and is influenced by space and place. In recent years the impact of mass tourism is far from positive for the place. Switching from mass tourism to alternative can transform the tourist from a passive receiver into an active co-creator. Through the examples of Vorres museum and the railway network of the Peloponnese, the importance of alternative tourism is analyzed, emphasizing the positive effects for both the tourist and the native. In particular, through the experiential learning of the educational programs of the Vorres Museum, the visitor-tourist experiences the space, interacting with the exhibits, creating the necessary interaction. While, in the general case of the Peloponnese railway network, a mix of different types of alternative tourism is being presented. A journey through an abandoned route, with the aim of offering balanced both to the tourist and the native, with a prerequisite for the participation of both. The two examples show that either alternative tourism operates individually, as in the case of the museum, or works collectively in the form of a trip, the result can be just as encouraging. In both cases, the importance of interaction, interaction and the development of social relations is emphasized. The tourist experience is directly influenced by the new way of perceiving and useful space.


Alternative tourism Cultural heritage Interaction Museum Educational program Contemporary Greek art Train Railway tourism Rail network of Peloponnese 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elina Riga
    • 1
  • Eleftheria Sklavounou
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the AegeanMytileneGreece
  2. 2.University of West AtticaAigaleoGreece

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