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Title:Heritage and Tourism in Eritrea: Issues and Alternative Directions
Author:Schmidt, PeterISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Eritrean Studies (Asmara)
Volume:2
Issue:1-2
Pages:59-76
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Eritrea
Northeast Africa
Subjects:tourism
cultural heritage
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
Economics, Commerce
Cultural property
Historic sites
economic development
Abstract:Eritrea has valuable heritage resources that can be used as tourist attractions for economic gains. Though the government's plan rightly stresses this, the approach is flawed because it does not go into the core issues of local versus international tourism, and downplays the sociocultural impacts of an exclusive concentration on the latter. In their eagerness to sell key tourist sites to international tourists, country managers often take recourse to reductionism, preparing packaged descriptions that are attractive and appealing to the site-seekers, but unattractive for the sites because they reduce their complexities to romantic exotica. This article addresses these complexities and contributes to the discourse on heritage management in Eritrea by considering how Eritrea can truly benefit from tourism by opting for informed and far-sighted choices that can improve the quality of life and provide quality heritage tourism for domestic and international audiences. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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