Different Jerusalems for Different Tourists: Capital cities-the management of multi-heritage site cities

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Authors: Poria, Y., Biran, A. and Reichel, A.

Journal: Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing

Volume: 22

Issue: 3-4

Pages: 121-138

ISSN: 1054-8408

DOI: 10.1300/J073v22n03_10

National capital cities are rich in heritage sites that mean different things to different people. Some of these sites are directly related to the heritage of the nation's citizens or, alternatively, to the heritage of other nations and cultures. In this study tourist motivations to visit the specific sites as well as the nature of the interpretation provided while touring the city were investigated in relation to tourist perceptions of Jerusalem as part of their personal heritage. The study involved a sample of 213 tourists interviewed in different locations in Jerusalem. The findings indicate that multi-heritage site cities, such as capital cities, are visited by different tourists with different preferences regarding the tourist experience sought. Implications arising from this study for marketers and heritage site operators are highlighted. © 2007 by The Haworth Press, Inc.

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