Heritage tourism in Latin America : cultural routes and the legacy of Simón Bolívar in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela


Heritage tourism in Latin America : cultural routes and the legacy of Simón Bolívar in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela

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dc.contributor.advisor Sletto, Bjørn
dc.contributor.advisor Holleran, Michael
dc.creator McQueen, George Genung
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-17T18:30:26Z
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-17T18:31:04Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-17T18:30:26Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-17T18:31:04Z
dc.date.created 2011-05
dc.date.issued 2011-06-17
dc.date.submitted May 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3349
dc.description.abstract Heritage tourism is one of the fastest growing sub-categories of the tourism industry, which is arguably the largest industry in the world. When communities and regions compete for a greater share of the heritage tourism market, the authenticity and integrity of a heritage can be compromised by the way it is represented. One way to represent heritage is a “cultural route,” which has recently been added to definition of “cultural heritage” in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The interpretation of a “cultural route,” however, continues to evolve, especially in Latin America. In anticipation of the bicentennial celebration of independence from Spain, two cultural routes were separately inaugurated in 2009: the Ruta del Libertador in Ecuador and Venezuela, and the Ruta Libertadora in Colombia. After providing an overview of the historical, political and cultural contexts that surround these routes, this paper draws upon a website content analysis to explores how national identity, cultural heritage and the legacy of Simón Bolívar are represented by the governments of Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. These observations and analyses show that while both routes represent a shared heritage, the differences in their representations straddle the definitions of “authenticity” and “cultural heritage,” as the Ruta Libertadora in Colombia is a “cultural route” and the Ruta del Libertador in Ecuador and Venezuela is a “cultural tourism route.” However, when considered together, the Ruta del Libertador and Ruta Libertadora are a cultural route that more accurately represents a crucial moment in Latin American history: the liberation of South America from Spain, led by Simón Bolívar, “El Libertador.”
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Cultural heritage
dc.subject Heritage tourism
dc.subject Cultural routes
dc.subject Ruta del Libertador
dc.subject Ruta Libertadora
dc.subject Simon Bolivar
dc.subject El Libertador
dc.subject Website content analysis
dc.subject Latin America
dc.subject Colombia
dc.subject Ecuador
dc.subject Venezuela
dc.title Heritage tourism in Latin America : cultural routes and the legacy of Simón Bolívar in Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela
dc.date.updated 2011-06-17T18:31:04Z
dc.description.department Community and Regional Planning
dc.description.department Latin American Studies
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department Community and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.discipline Latin American Studies
thesis.degree.discipline Community and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts

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