Cultural tourism is referred to the kind of tourism, which is concerned with the culture of a specific region or country, particularly in the arts. It basically focuses on the traditional communities that have diverse customs as well as the forms of art and the distinct social practices that distinguish a certain culture from the others.
It would include tourism in the urban areas and even the historic and large cities, including facilities like theaters and museums. It also includes this in the rural areas, which showcase the traditions of the indigenous cultural communities like festivals and rituals, as well as their personal values and lifestyle. Generally, these tourists spend more than then the standard tourists do, since they usually have a program that would have them traveling to the cultural and historical sites, as well as living with the families for a certain period of time and even some language training. This kind of is actually becoming more popular in Europe.
Another closely related kind is cultural heritage tourism, which is a branch that is oriented towards understanding the heritage of a specific area or region. This is essential because of different reasons. It creates a positive impact economically and socially. It helps in the establishment and reinforcement of identity. It also helps to preserve a country or region's cultural heritage, since this is an instrument, which facilitates understanding and harmony among people. It is able to support the development of culture and can help in the renewal of tourism.
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