Posted by: bluesyemre | September 5, 2018

#Ephesus: #Archaeology and mass tourism by Sabine Ladstätter


“Ephesus ‐ live your dreams!” With this slogan the tourism industry promoted a few years ago a beach holiday with an integrated cultural programme on the Turkish Riviera. The ruins seem predestined for tourism use since they were both easily accessible by plane, car, bus and especially cruise ships, available 365 days a year, and thanks to the numerous reconstructions and a compact guided tour effortlessly consumable by an audience only moderately interested in antiquities. Ephesus records an annual average of two million visitors, making it one of the most visited archaeological sites worldwideii
. At the start of the excavations in the mid‐19th century, when almost uninhabitediii, the Selçuk region experienced a swift economic upturniv in the last 150 years thanks to the archaeological activities. The impact on regional development concern of course primarily the tourism and business sectorsv , in particular the sector of services; however such impact makes itself noticeable also through socio‐cultural changes. The latter include striking demographic changes associated with changing of tradition and way of life, but also an increased interest of the local population in heritage issues in general and archaeology in particular. The awareness on Ephesus is enormous, as proved by a glance in the Internet search engines.

Ephesus: Archaeology and mass tourism ‐ English Draft


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