Heritage tourism in India: a stakeholder’s perspective

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Incredible tangible and intangible heritage of India play a vital role towards the nation’s overall growth and development. Ancient literature posse’s sufficient references about the travelers, scholars and philosophers those preserved and portrayed the heritage for future generation which is apparently visible from various travelers’ diaries, traditions and exhibitions. Despite a difficulty in finding out the right sentiment for expressing the true meaning of heritage, the concept of heritage has been explored to its core for an acceptable definition in this research study. This study suggests that heritage can act as an important holistic development tool for the overall community development. The opinion of stakeholders was recorded with the help of a questionnaire administered on local community nearby places of historic significance. The study provides ample scope and opportunities towards heritage tourism development in India as per stakes of local community. According to Mahatma Gandhi “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people”. Therefore local community has been considered as the ultimate ambassador for heritage and cultural tourism in this research paper.

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    • Figure 1. Stakeholder map for studying heritage tourism in Himachal Pradesh
    • Figure 2. Scree plot for the statements related to heritage tourism site attributes in Himachal Pradesh
    • Table 1. Definitions of cultural heritage tourism
    • Table 2. Statements of factors, measuring opinions of stakeholders towards impact of tourists on destination attributes in Himachal Pradesh
    • Table 3. KMO and Bartlett’s Test for the statements related to impact of tourists on destination attributes in Himachal Pradesh
    • Table 4. Principal Component Analysis with Varimax Rotation for the statements related to impact of tourists on destination attributes in Himachal Pradesh
    • Table 5. Post-Hoc contrasts for district wise opinions of stakeholders on economic effects of tourism on tourism destination attributes
    • Table 6. ANOVA results for role of government in tourism development in Himachal Pradesh
    • Table 7. Post Hoc contrasts for role of government in tourism development in Himachal Pradesh