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Host–Guest Relations

Experiencing Persian Heritage

ISBN: 978-1-78754-813-8, eISBN: 978-1-78754-812-1

Publication date: 6 September 2019


Cultural tourism comprises several heterogeneous activities. According to tourists’ interest in culture and their level of involvement with the local population during the trip, segments of cultural tourism can be identified. Regarding their characteristics and the place of the visit, this chapter explores how cultural tourism can contribute to a country like Iran. Based on the literature, the discussion begins by describing tourists’ profile while highlighting some features related to their traveling behavior. In line with past studies on host–guest relations and the current stage of development of the country as an international destination, potential impacts of opening the country to international cultural tourists are analyzed.




The authors acknowledge the financial support by Groups of Excellence of the Region of Murcia, Fundación Séneca, Science and Technology Agency, Project 19884/GERM/15. Financial aid from FEMISE Association (Project ENPI/2014/354–494), with Research Projects FEM 41-04 and FEM 41-13, is also recognized.


Artal-Tur, A., Sánchez-Casado, N. and Osorio-Caballero, M.I. (2019), "Host–Guest Relations", Experiencing Persian Heritage (Bridging Tourism Theory and Practice, Vol. 10), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 103-116.



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