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Cultural heritage and Cultural tourism

Cultural heritage and Cultural tourism

Cultural heritage:

Cultural Heritage is an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, objects, artistic expressions and values. Cultural Heritage is often expressed as either
Intangible or Tangible Cultural Heritage

Intangible heritage: The “intangible cultural heritage” means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.

Intangible cultural heritage is manifested in :

Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage; performing arts;

Social practices (birth rituals: guhemba, kurya ubunyanwa: naming ceremony); rituals such: funeral ( gushingura, kwirabura, kwera) and festive events( gusaba, gushyingura, gutwikura; umuganura);knowledge and practices concerning nature and the univers knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; traditional craftsmanship.

Tangible cultural heritage: includes buildings and historic places, monuments, artefacts, etc., which are considered worthy of preservation for the future. These include objects significant to the archaeology, architecture, science or technology of a specific culture.

Rwanda’s cultural heritage is rich and diversified and have to be safeguarded and promoted reason why the Ministry has elaborated policies such: Policy of Culture and Policy of Cultural Heritage

What is cultural tourism

Practice of travelling to experience historic and cultural attractions to learn about a community’s heritage in an enjoyable and educational way
Visits by persons from outside the host community motivated wholly or in part by interest in historical, artistic, scientific or lifestyle/heritage offerings of community, region, group or institution

Cultural tourism gives visitors the opportunity to understand and appreciate the essential character of a place and its culture as a whole, including: history, people and their lifestyle, cultural diversity, arts, food, local products, social economic and political structures, landscape…

Cultural tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing global tourism markets. Culture and creative industries are increasingly being used to promote destinations and enhance their competitiveness and attractiveness.

Many locations are now actively developing their tangible and intangible cultural assets as a means of developing comparative advantages in an increasingly competitive tourism market place, and to create local distinctiveness in the face o globalization.

The Impact of Culture on Tourism examines the growing relationship between tourism and culture, and the way in which they have together become major drivers of destination attractiveness and competitiveness.

Based on recent case studies that illustrate the different facets of the relationship between tourism, culture and regional attractiveness, and the policy interventions which can be taken to enhance the relationship, this publication shows how a strong link between tourism and culture can be fostered to help places become more attractive to tourists, as well as increasing their competitiveness as locations to live, visit, work and invest in

Cultural Tourism products:

Tangible heritage: Historical sites, handcrafts

Intangible heritage: Lifestyle : ways of living and working together such as ubudehe, rituals, arts, festive events: harvest festivity like Umuganura, culinary (traditional ways of cooking)


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