Tourism and the symbols of identity

Catherine Palmer

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This article discusses some of the issues surrounding the relationship between heritage tourism and national identity (focusing upon England). It argues that heritage tourism is a powerful force in the construction and maintenance of a national identity because it relies upon the historic symbols of the nation as a means of attracting tourists. Thus, the tourism industry, through its use of 'our heritage', becomes yet another means by which contemporary concepts of nation-ness are defined. Such a position has implications for the way in which sites are managed and promoted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-322
Number of pages10
JournalTourism Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Tourism, Heritage, National identity, Semiology


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