Vermont Arts Council

Cultural Heritage Tourism Toolkit

A toolkit produced in 1998 to assist interested parties in making cultural heritage tourism decisions within their communities.

In the spring of 1995, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing recognized the need for a heritage tourism task force. More than 60 Vermonters having specific knowledge and interest in this field were contacted. From that number, a core group of 20+ regulars met over the course of the next several months to define cultural heritage resources in Vermont, to develop links among those resources, and to propose strategies for marketing them.

In 1997 and 1998, the Vermont Arts Council took a leadership role in implementing the findings of the Cultural Heritage Tourism Task Force by conducting statewide workshops on the subject, and by providing seed grants for cultural heritage tourism projects. The following year, the Vermont Arts Council joined forces with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to establish a sustained approach to coordinating Cultural Heritage Tourism activities. This toolkit is the direct result of these efforts, and was written to assist interested parties in making cultural heritage tourism decisions within their communities. The text addresses issues and concerns often encountered when contemplating such choices, and offers suggestions on how to deal with them. Although some of the specific information and website references are outdated, the basic instructions are as relevant today as they were in 1998.

File Type: pdf
Categories: Resources & Toolkits
Author: Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing