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Built Heritage Conservation, Urban Development, and Tourism: Singapore in the 21st Century

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Abstract:

The article discusses the dynamics of the relationship between heritage conservation and urban development and consequences for tourism with particular reference to the city-state of Singapore. Government policies are examined and reveal that heritage is seen by officials to serve multiple purposes, not least as a tourist resource. Its economic role is appreciated, but awareness of sociocultural and political value is also apparent. Conflicts arise, however, between the demands of urban development in pursuit of economic growth and heritage conservation. The former tend to have priority in decision making, which can lead to negative outcomes. Specific examples of historic waterfront properties and their transformation into tourism and leisure spaces are employed as illustrations which also suggest the dilemmas inherent in the adaptive reuse of old buildings. While Singapore is a distinctive case, its study affords insights into general challenges of conserving built heritage in rapidly developing cities with a global orientation that are also international tourist destinations.

Keywords: BUILT HERITAGE; CONSERVATION; SINGAPORE; TOURISM; URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3727/109830412X13346876802112

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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  • Tourism, Culture & Communication is international in its scope and will place no restrictions upon the range of cultural identities covered, other than the need to relate to tourism and hospitality. The Journal seeks to provide interdisciplinary perspectives in areas of interest that may branch away from traditionally recognized national and indigenous cultures, for example, cultural attitudes toward the management of tourists with disabilities, gender aspects of tourism, sport tourism, or age-specific tourism.
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