Local arts agency participation in cultural tourism management

Mark Hager, Hee Kyung Sung

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    The tourism literature does not consider the role of the local arts agency in destination management. This paper explores the extent to which local arts agencies engage in programming and partnerships related to the development of tourism. It proposes that participation in cultural tourism management is determined by both organizational and environmental characteristics. Drawing on a national survey of local arts agencies, the analysis compares survey measures of these characteristics to estimate their influence on the likelihood that agencies are involved in cultural tourism programming. Two-thirds of subject local arts agencies report that their organization is currently working or partnering in programming aimed at cultural tourism. Smaller agencies with a range of programs are more likely to have adopted the innovation. Agencies responsible for management of a cultural facility develop audiences through cultivation of tourists.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)205-217
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Heritage Tourism
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 2012


    • Arts agencies
    • Community development
    • Cultural tourism
    • Destination management
    • USA

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • History
    • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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