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Dhaher, N., Seyfi. S & Hall, C. M. (2021). Cultural heritage and tourism in Tunisia: evolution, challenges and perspectives. In Hall. C.M. & Seyfi. S. Cultural and Heritage Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa.(pp. 87-101). Abingdon: Routledge.

Cultural heritage and tourism in Tunisia : evolution, challenges, and perspectives

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Author: Dhaher, Najem1; Seyfi, Siamak2; Hall, C. Michael3,2,4,5
Organizations: 1National School of Architecture and Urban Design, Tunis (ENAU), Avenue de la République, University of Carthage, P. O. Box 77, 1054, Amilcar, Tunisia
2Geography, University of Oulu, Finland
3Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
4Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden
5Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-03-29


Since the nineteenth century, the notion of heritage in Tunisia has experienced a number of different identities and political and cultural reorientations which have gradually made it primarily an instrument of tourism-related economic development. The notion of heritage in the country has evolved from one that has been historically stigmatised to a vision of much more mature preservation movement, which suggests a dynamic co-construction in connection with the growth of place marketing and tourism. Indeed, when tourism was initially developed in Tunisia in the mid-1960s, heritage became a branch of industry and focus of development activity. In more recent decades, tourism has led to a more reflexive effort surrounding the notion of heritage that has been intended to systematise the tourist offering and to promote local cultural development. However, the tourist valuation of the heritage has always been confronted with numerous constraints, including the amount of investment, the legal status of sites and monuments, and the logics of local actors. Framed by questions of social, political, ideological, and economic dynamics, the chapter questions the notion and the use of heritage in Tunisia and analyses the interactions with tourism since the colonial period.

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Series: Contemporary geographies of leisure, tourism, and mobility
ISSN: 2574-9323
ISSN-E: 2574-9331
ISSN-L: 2574-9323
ISBN: 978-0-429-27906-5
ISBN Print: 978-0-367-23271-9
Pages: 87 - 101
DOI: 10.4324/9780429279065-5
Host publication: Cultural and heritage tourism in the Middle East and North Africa : complexities, management and practices
Host publication editor: Hall, C. Michael
Seyfi, Siamak
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Cultural and Heritage Tourism in the Middle East and North Africa on 29 September 2020, available online