Tourism, heritage and politics: conflicts at the City of David, Jerusalem

Shahar Shilo, Noga Collins-Kreiner

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This article analyses the development and progress of conflicts at the “City of David” heritage-tourism site in Jerusalem, Israel and the reciprocal relations between heritage sites and conflicts. It offers a comprehensive examination of the development of a major tourist attraction in Israel. Our research is based on the following two methods of qualitative research: (1) in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 43 key stakeholders; (2) textual analysis of current written materials and historical documents. The study investigates the relevant processes and decisions, stakeholder perceptions, the role of the archaeological excavations, and their relationship to the development of conflict. On a broader level, this study formulates a theoretical and practical framework for analysing the development of heritage tourism sites in conflict zones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-540
Number of pages12
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 3 Jun 2019

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  • Heritage tourism
  • Israel
  • Jerusalem
  • archaeology
  • conflicts
  • framing
  • heritage conflicts
  • political tourism
  • politics
  • religiosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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