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University of Sheffield Details Findings in Tourism Research (World heritage and the contradictions of 'universal value')

August 16, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Leisure & Travel Week -- Investigators discuss new findings in Tourism Research. According to news originating from Sheffield, United Kingdom, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "This article critically appraises the notion of 'universal value' as a core principle underpinning World Heritage Sites."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Sheffield, "It does so through examination of Goreme Open-Air Museum, a cultural tourism site of cave Byzantine churches in central Turkey. Focusing on the contestation surrounding the frescoes within the Byzantine churches, the article discusses tensions relating to the non-iconographic nature of Islam and to the ways that deliberate damage to the frescos is interpreted to tourists."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We conclude that these tensions emphasise the singularity of the concept of universal value, and argue that it is only by embracing pluralism and being open to alternative narratives and debate that World Heritage Sites, as international tourism sites, might be able to achieve UNESCO's unifying ideals."

For more information on this research see: World heritage and the contradictions of 'universal value'. Annals of Tourism Research, 2014;47():63-76. Annals of Tourism Research can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Annals of Tourism Research -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from H. Tucker, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, S Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Travel, Sheffield, United Kingdom, Tourism Research

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