Chapter 6: Emerging research agendas in cultural tourism
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The concluding chapter reviews emerging issues in cultural tourism research and the implications of a practice approach for a future research agenda. We consider the implications of changes in the material, meanings and competences in cultural tourism for the future development of the field. Issues in terms of materials include the application of new technologies, and in terms of meanings, we argue that concepts of authenticity will continue to change, also in response to the use of a wider range of materials. The application of new technologies and the expansion of the cultural tourism field will also demand new competencies from the cultural tourist in future. The future dynamics of cultural tourism will also require new methodological and analytical tools, supported by collaborative modes of research. The future analysis of cultural tourism as a field of social practices should integrate an understanding of the internal dynamics of the field (relationships between actors and structures in the local space of places) with analysis of the global linkages (with the space of flows) required to capture external resources to sustain the practice.

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