The Development of Key Characteristics of Welsh Island Cultural Identity and Sustainable Tourism

Brychan Thomas, Simon Thomas, Lisa Powell

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    This paper considers the development of key characteristics of Welsh island culture and sustainable tourism in Wales. In recent years tourism has become a significant industry within the Principality of Wales and has been influenced by changing conditions and the need to attract visitors from the global market. To enable an analysis of the importance of Welsh island culture a number of research methods have been used, including
    consideration of secondary data, to assess the development of tourism, a case study analysis of a sample of Welsh islands, and an investigation of cultural tourism. The research has been undertaken in three distinct stages. The first stage assessed tourism in Wales and the role of cultural tourism and the islands off Wales. It draws primarily on existing research and secondary data sources. The second stage considered the role of Welsh island culture taking into consideration six case study islands (three with current populations and three mainly unpopulated) and their physical characteristics, cultural aspects and tourism. The third stage examined the nature and importance of island culture in terms of sustainable tourism in Wales. This has
    involved both internal (island) and external (national and international) influences. From this a summary of the salient issues from the findings has been made enabling direct analysis of the importance of island culture to sustainable tourism in Wales.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)23-39
    JournalScientific Culture
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2017


    • characteristics
    • island culture
    • sustainability
    • tourism
    • Wales


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