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Including the Outsiders: The Contribution of Guides to Integrated Heritage Tourism Management in Cusco, Southern Peru

McGrath, Gemma (2004) Including the Outsiders: The Contribution of Guides to Integrated Heritage Tourism Management in Cusco, Southern Peru. Current Issues in Tourism, volume (number). pp. 426-432. ISSN 13683500

Type of Research: Article
Creators: McGrath, Gemma

This paper examined the level of integration at national, regional and local level between archaeology and tourism within Peru. It specifically considered the extent to which the tour guide can be a bridge between the site, the local people and the visitor. It was found that the quality of the bridge depended on the quality of training provided to tour guides and that, to some extent this depended on the different merits of coming to guiding through a trained archaeological route or through tourism studies. It was also found that conservation and site management issues were not being communicated to visitors. The theoretical framework for the research was largely informed by Cohen’s idea that tour guiding involves interpretative processes that engages and makes sense. The methodology used was case study based involving interviews with tour guides. Two case studies were selected Raqchi which is situated on the road that leads from Peru to Bolivia, and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Interviews were conducted with official tour guides by the researcher. The interviews revealed that most guides considered themselves to be under-prepared and in competition with each other. They also perceived themselves to be in competition from local tour guides who touted for trade virtually from their doorsteps and had the added advantage of conferring ‘local colour’. A further factor which effected the research finding was that the organisational structure of tourism in Peru could be said to be over-departmentalised. The researched argued that more and different forms of training was need both in Cusco, where much of the training was taking place, and a t a local level. The full reference of this research is in The International Library Essays in Tourism, Heritage and Culture, New Edition, (June 2006), edited by T Dallen.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RAE2008 UoA63
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 1 April 2004
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 00:10
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2014 17:10
Item ID: 1365
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1365

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