Tourism and cultural heritage complement each other. Cultural heritage when coupled with tourism gives it commercial viability that, if successfully executed, could be a strong marker in the country's national iconography presented to tourists. The case of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, shows he is a national icon who now serves to the interest of both tourism and national identity. His literary genius and immense popularity has made him a strong marker of Scottish cultural identity, which now draws significant visitors to the places of his association. In Scotland, it is the image of Robert Burns which attracts tourist rather than his works of literary creativity alone.The aims of the paper is to see how its popularity as a tourism product has led to commercial realization amongst places associated with Burns - markedly the two towns Dumfries and Ayr - where objects, artefacts, and exhibits are rearranged to present it to meet the expectation and taste of visiting tourists. It also looks like this has led to 'touristify' Burns where more Burns are (re) created for the attraction of tourists, and has made him more of an item for consumption to tourists, than effectively only a cultural resource.and has made him more of an item for consumption to tourists, than effectively only a cultural resource.and has made him more of an item for consumption to tourists, than effectively only a cultural resource.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Tourism: An International Interdisciplinary Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2008|