For the last few decades, cultural tourism has become an extremely important and major economic sector. Cultural tourism is a sub-category of tourism. When a tourist participates in the cultural tourism scenario, it suggests that the tourist is interested in the culture, history, art, architecture, lifestyle, social aspects, religious and ethical values, and other influencing cultural agents for the people of the destination places. The scope of cultural tourism is growing at an unbelievable rapid pace because the tourists are becoming more interested in cultural tourism. The statistics clearly shows that the arrivals of international tourists exceeded to an all-time world record of 1,184 million.
It is a 4% worldwide increase in respect to the numbers of the previous year. The regions of Europe, America, and the Asia-Pacific are the largest contributors to this growth because these regions hugely attract the international tourists. But, European countries are the most visited destinations. In 2015, the European countries had the overwhelming share of 51% in the numbers of worldwide arrivals of international tourists. On the other hand, cultural tourism sums up to as much as about 40% of the whole statistical representation. Experts suggest that the numbers will hugely increase (as much as about 15% every year) in the coming years. This is because the international tourists are becoming more and more interested in the cultural scenario of the destination places (Trinh, Ryan, & Cave, 2016).
Culture and tourism are indeed very closely related to each other. The culture and the cultural events of these destinations play a huge role in the development, growth and impact of the tourism industry in various dimensions. Researchers and analysts are engaging themselves in the extensive studies on the cultural tourism. It is quite evident that the tourists are becoming more interested in cultural shopping rather than mere petty shopping. As a result, cultural tourism is not only creating a huge impact on the social structure but also on the economy of the destination places. If evaluated at a broader dimension, we can find out that cultural tourism also has a significant impact on the overall economic condition of the world.