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What Is Heritage Tourism?



This week, fourteen states announced they're banding together to promote the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, creating an almost unprecedented push for what’s called heritage tourism. That's when visitors dive into the real history of a location, with goal of telling the story, whether good, or bad...or both.

Stefanie Benjamin is a University of Tennessee professor who studies heritage tourism and in this interview we discuss what heritage tourism entails, who visits sites, and what experiences await those who participate.