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    The relationship between heritage and shopping

    Visiting heritage  places is considered as an serious pursuit, since it often related to education, religion, history or respect to the past (Warwik.F 2004). On the other hand shopping is considered as less serious many authors say that it  can have an negative impact on the heritage place (Warwik.F 2004). As main heritage activities are considered: visiting historic buildings, museums, parks, mining areas ect. Some of the main shopping activities on heritage sites are: eating at restaurants, cafes, visiting antiques shops, ect.   However this relationship has been growing interest and one can say that they complete each other. In addition shops, restaurants and cafes are very important part  of the heritage tourism and they complete the visitors experience by buying souvenirs, local products, eating local food (Dallen and Boyd, 2006).  Furthermore shopping is the major economic activity in many heritage areas, since there are many heritage sites that do not require any entrance fees and accordingly that area can have economical benefits only through other services (Warwik.F, 2004) .  



    DALLEN, J.T. and BOYD, S. W. (2006) Heritage Tourism in the 21st Century: Valued Traditions and New Perspectives. Journal of heritage tourism. Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1-16.

    Warwick.F (2004) Antiques,Crafts, Cofee, and History: Shoping and Heritage Tourism in Australian Gold rush Towns. ISSN 1327-5216

    Writen by: Gzime Memedi

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    Thank you anonymous author for this interessting connection between heritage and shopping. I think it is very true that people/tourists simply love to go shopping no matter where they travel, but I can also understand, if a huge H&M would destroy the atmosphere of a heritage side being right next to it. So from my point of view, this is achallenge for urban/spatial planners to harmonize shopping and heritage. A nice example for that can be Milano with this huge shopping area around the Cathedral and inside the old Viktor-Emanuel Passage next to the Cathedral. Do you think that there should be more local shops with souvenirs and just owned by locals/individuals around the heritage or also stores that are well-known franchise companies?
    Posted 20:32, 25 Nov 2014

    I like your topic and already at class found it interesting. I think in many cases in the world there are some shopping facilities available in close proximity of the heritage sites. I went to Crete this year and there this was very popular as well. But somehow it doesn't bother me if they are not overlapping and are related to the site. :)
    Posted 09:55, 26 Nov 2014
    Hi,Eva thank you for the comment. As I have mentioned in text that there are many heritage site that do not bring any economical benefit to the place, in this cases it is important to find other solutions like, opening restaurants with local food which could keep the visitors longer at the destination and why not to open also other stores from well known companies. Best regards Gzime
    Posted 01:07, 28 Nov 2014
    Hi Mariane, thank you for the comment. I think also that shopping facilities could complement the visitors experience, without having a negative impact on their experience at the heritage site. Best regards Gzime.
    Posted 01:14, 28 Nov 2014
    Thank you Gezime for your reply. Of course you are totally right with what you're saying/writing and I agree on that aspect. But still, I think it is questionable what kind of stores are located closely around the site. It is wonderful to strengthen a heritage site with the experience of local restaurants, like you suggested, as well as local products and shops. But from my point of view, francise companies can really deteriorate the atmosphere as well as the authencity of the heritage site and therewith worsen the tourists perception and satisfaction. Thus, H&M and co. should then instead literally be located around the corner.
    Posted 15:59, 29 Nov 2014
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