Heritage, Tourism and Quality-of-Life

  • Gregory J. Ashworth
  • John E. Tunbridge
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


Heritage is the tourist goal. Heritage as the contemporary uses of pasts is called upon to satisfy many contemporary needs. Among these are providing a commodifiable resource for sale on tourism markets and contributing towards the shaping of unique senses of place for tourists and residents alike. There is an assumption that the creation of heritage places possessing high built-environmental amenity and distinctive local collective identities delivers an ‘identity dividend’ which is reflected in residential preferences, locational advantages for some appropriate businesses, real estate values and even some social and community-based benefits. This ‘identity dividend’ is assumed to contribute towards not only the quality of the tourist experience but also towards the well-being of residents and thus their quality-of-life as well. Such a desirable harmonious outcome depends upon the identification of visitors and residents with a similar heritage-induced place identity, the absence of competition between visitors and residents with consequent alienation and displacement, as well as the existence of a positive relationship between places of high heritage-induced identity value and the quality-of-life of both their residents and their transient users. This chapter will examine, question and exemplify these assumptions and the conditions upon which they depend.


Host Community Place Identity Place Attachment Sustainable Tourism Tourism Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Spatial SciencesUniversity of GroningenGroningenNetherlands
  2. 2.Carleton UniversityNepeanCanada

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