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Estudios y perspectivas en turismo

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SANTANA TALAVERA, Agustín. Cultural Tourism. A Responsible Business?. Estud. perspect. tur. [online]. 2008, vol.17, n.4, pp.294-318. ISSN 1851-1732.

Environmental degradation, the loss of cultural diversity and especially what is considered cultural heritage and ecology, are actually the main issues of every day life, politics, planning and business. During the Rio Meeting (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) the concept of Responsible Tourism was born in an attempt to enhance respect and preservation with all actors involved. Under the umbrella of responsibility, cultural tourism was one product that showed the biggest growth under the premises of the formula of all-embracing development of society. This article presents a revision of cultural tourism as a product, its importance for the new tourist order and its range and establishing in which way the tourist system had a tendency to get involved in cultural management and therefore as conditioned its profitability.

Keywords : Responsible tourism; Culture; Profitability.

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