Advancing Alberta Culture & Heritage Tourism
Why does FHNAS work towards advancing Alberta Culture & Heritage Tourism?
Even with some modest growth in recent years, Canada is losing its footing in the competitive global travel market. As tourism grows around the world, with receipts that will exceed a trillion dollars within the next few years, Canada’s share of that market is shrinking.
FHNAS strives to dissolve existing barriers of industry growth through all-inclusive, existing resources respectful approach to collaborative initiatives, using their recently developed History Check App – The Ultimate Travel Companion App, to enhance northern Alberta’s global competitiveness. Striving to become a coordinated advocate, promoter, heritage research & education resource. Aiding cross industry economic development initiatives lead by municipalities, organizations, businesses, and communities across Alberta by becoming a strong cross-sector advocate for tourism interests, with a primary mission of promoting the history & heritage of Northern Alberta, Canada.
Northern Alberta’s cultural heritage tourism industry is extremely under developed. Northern Alberta is visited by less than 1% of annual international tourists arriving in Alberta. More than 60% of Northern Alberta tourism visits and activities comprises fellow Albertans’ visiting family & friends. FHNAS strives to increase long haul and international visitors to Northern Alberta by 3% in the next five years – needless to day, it’s a lofty goal – and you, your businesses, and your community can play an important role in helping FHNAS advance Cultural & Heritage Tourism for Northern Alberta.
As defined by The National Trust for Historic Preservation,
Cultural heritage tourism is traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes cultural, historic, and natural resources.
– Jan 28, 2011
Cultural heritage tourism (or just heritage tourism or diaspora tourism) is a branch of tourism oriented towards the cultural heritage of the location where tourism is occurring.
Defining historic heritage. Historic heritage are places of significance to people on account of historical, physical (ie, technological, archaeological, architectural) and cultural values. Historic heritage is often referred to as cultural and historic heritage or simply ‘historic places’.
Cultural tourism (or culture tourism) is the subset of tourism concerned with a country or region’s culture, specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, the history of those people, their art, architecture, religion(s), and other elements that helped shape their way of life.
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 (ICOMOS, 2002).
Nature tourism responsible travel to natural areas, which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people. It is tourism based on the natural attractions of an area. Examples include birdwatching, photography, stargazing, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and visiting parks.
Ethnic tourism is when travellers choose to experience first hand the practices of another culture, and may involve performances, presentations and attractions portraying or presented by small, often isolated Indigenous communities.
Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical science artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.
A historic site or heritage site is an official location where pieces of political, military, cultural, or social history have been preserved due to their cultural heritage value.Historic sites are usually protected by law, and many have been recognized with the official national historic site status.
Historic preservation is the practice of protecting and preserving sites, structures or districts which reflect elements of local or national cultural, social, economic, political, archaeological or architectural history.
Natural heritage refers to the sum total of the elements of biodiversity, including flora and fauna and ecosystem types, together with associated geological structures and formations (geodiversity). Heritage is that which is inherited from past generations, maintained in the present, and bestowed to future generations.
Adventure tourism is an outdoor leisure activity that generally takes place in an unusual, exotic, remote or wilderness setting, sometimes involving some form of unconventional means of transportation and tending to be associated with low or high levels of physical activity.
Ecotourism is a form of tourism involving visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, intended as a low-impact and often small scale alternative to standard commercial (mass) tourism.
Tangible Cultural Heritage. … Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.
Wildlife tourism can be an eco and animal friendly tourism, usually showing animals in their natural habitat. Wildlife tourism, in its simplest sense, is watching wild animals in their natural habitat.
Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time. The “need to do something for recreation” is an essential element of human biology and psychology. Recreational activities are often done for enjoyment, amusement, or pleasure and are considered to be “fun”.
A historic site or heritage site is an official location where pieces of political, military, cultural, or social history have been preserved due to their cultural heritage value.Historic sites are usually protected by provincial and/or federal law, and many have been recognized with the official national historic site status.