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Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 947; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040947

How Do Destinations Frame Cultural Heritage? Content Analysis of Portugal’s Municipal Websites

LabCom.IFP―Communication, Philosophy and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Beira Interior, Rua Marquês D’Ávila e Bolama, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal
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Received: 6 December 2018 / Revised: 6 February 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 13 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tourism, Governance and Sustainable Development)
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In the current media context, heavily influenced by information and communication technologies, tourism destinations have a need to promote the most outstanding aspects of their cultures to attract the visitors who stimulate their economies. Websites are one of the tools available to carry out this task and they must be designed to communicate the destinations’ heritages persuasively to a worldwide audience. Taking these premises into consideration, the objective of this research is to analyze the cultural heritage content on Portugal’s municipal websites. The specific goals are to classify the most recurrent heritage elements and detect how they frame identity based on the ‘local-global dialectic’. The results show that the heritage discourse is built on the selection of certain aspects—namely, culinary and architectural assets—which are emphasized through the combined use of local and national frames that strengthen the municipalities’ particular values but also the fact that they are integrated into a broader and unified whole: Portugal. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural heritage; destinations; identity frame; municipal websites; content analysis; Portugal cultural heritage; destinations; identity frame; municipal websites; content analysis; Portugal
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Piñeiro-Naval, V.; Serra, P. How Do Destinations Frame Cultural Heritage? Content Analysis of Portugal’s Municipal Websites. Sustainability 2019, 11, 947.

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