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Representation of cultural tourism on the Web: critical discourse analysis of tourism websites

Sotiroula Liasidou (Cyprus University of Technology, Lemesos, Cyprus)

International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research

ISSN: 1750-6182

Article publication date: 7 September 2018

Issue publication date: 15 October 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

Culture is an important motivation force to people within the context of tourism. It provides new opportunities for destinations to promote cultural elements and attract more travellers. This study aims to investigate how the cultural heritage of Cyprus is promoted online and to identify whether the needs of travellers who focus on experiential aspects and prioritise culture can be fulfilled.

Design/methodology/approach

The research aim is fulfilled through a critical discourse analysis of selected WebPages concerning representation of the culture of Cyprus within the tourism context.

Findings

Eighteen websites were included, and the results suggest that Cyprus has Web exposure specifically promoting its cultural heritage. However, the websites have been established with different tourism scopes, with culture comprising just one part of the content. Thus, the development of specialised websites is dedicated exclusively to culture and tourism, and it seems appropriate to attract travellers interested in more educational activities with cultural and historical value. This approach would bring many benefits because this cohort of travellers is in an upper-scale tourist market.

Originality/value

This study is original in nature because it brings together the case of Cyprus, an island destination highly depended on tourism in relation to cultural tourism Web discourse. The promotion of cultural parameters will provide more opportunities for the island and escape from the 3S’s (sea, sun and sand) image to be positioned as a culturally sustainable destination.

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Citation

Liasidou, S. (2018), "Representation of cultural tourism on the Web: critical discourse analysis of tourism websites", International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 327-347. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCTHR-07-2017-0078

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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