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1st International Seminar Announcement

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Culture: A Driving Force for Urban Tourism
Application of Experiences to Countries in Transition

Culturelink Network
Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia, 18-19 May 2001


The Culturelink Network, in co-operation with the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik and with the support of the Open Society Institute, Croatia, is organizing the 1st International Seminar Culture: A Driving Force for Urban Tourism – Application of Experiences to Countries in Transition to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 18-19 May 2001.

The seminar will discuss two main topics:

1. Cultural Tourism as a Niche Market

Cultural tourism has a great potential as a tourism market: visitors who look for cultural experiences stay longer, spend more money, have higher education levels and have higher household incomes than visitors belonging to the mass tourism market.

  • Chances for a local community/city/region/country in developing cultural tourism as a priority market;
  • Cultural offer and cultural demand in tourism;
  • Benefits/threats for a cultural tourism market;
  • Importance of cultural tourism for the whole cultural/tourist sector as well as for the economic sector;
  • Examples of good practice.

2. The City as a Resource in Tourism

In order to manage quality tourism in cities, it is necessary to start with the statement that 'in cities, the marriage of culture and tourism guarantees success'. After recognizing the importance of culture in attracting tourists, other pre-conditions have to be met, such as good city infrastructure, transport connections, additional attractions.

  • Culture as a basic resource for urban tourism;
  • Tangible and intangible heritage as equally valuable attractions;
  • Urban tourism as a factor of decentralization of cultural/tourist activities;
  • Diversity as a key element in urban tourism offer – should cities be partners or rivals?
  • Examples of good practice.

The seminar will gather tourism practitioners and theoreticians Europe-wide, but mostly from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. The results of the seminar are expected to be reflected in the ability of local tourism practitioners to culturally manage their cities for tourists and, at the same time, to improve the quality of life of the citizens themselves.

The working language of the seminar will be English.

The programme of the seminar will be available in January 2001.

In order to register, please fill in the registration form and send it by fax to +385-1-4828361 or via e-mail to: tourism@irmo.hr

For more information, please contact: Daniela Angelina Jelinčić, Culturelink/IMO, Vukotinovićeva 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, tel.: +385-1-4826522; fax: +385-1-4828361; e-mail: tourism@irmo.hr; http://www.culturelink.org/tourism.html


Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik