"Heartbeat" – tourist experience, cultural tourism and «sense of rural place»

Mai 2021
Univeristetsforlaget (Idunn)
Fjordanatologien 2021

This chapter reflects on the contribution of cultural tourism to the development of rural places. It is based on a qualitative study of British group tourists in Balestrand. The main finding is: even though tourists came to experience nature, culture was among highlights. Meeting with other people also reinforced tourists' positive experiences of nature and culture. Findings provided a basis for a discussion of cultural tourism's contribution to developing Balestrand and how tourists' connection to a place contributes to destination’s development.