International Handbook on ‘Tourism and Peace,’


I. What is peace tourism?



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I. What is peace tourism?

If tourism is travel for pleasure or education, what does it mean to travel to seek “peace” as a destination? Granted, some tourists travel to find peace in the sense of rest, repose, or enlightenment (“getting away from it all”). But I wish to consider traveling to see and experience peace in the same way that others travel to see and experience, for example, sports, nature, music, art, and so forth -- even war. How does the tourist travel to see or experience war? Unless he or she is a mercenary, the answer is vicariously, i.e. by visiting battlefields, reenactments, and war museums. Can tourists not travel to see and experience peace in the same way?

The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States defines heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past" and defines cultural heritage tourism as “traveling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present."

By modifying the latter definition only slightly, we can say:



Peace tourism is traveling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent peace stories and peacemakers of the past and present.

One might wonder exactly how peace tourists can travel to experience peace places and activities of the past and present. Based on the definition of peace tourism, this table suggests examples of some of the things a tourist might do during a peace tourism excursion:





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