The Impact of Heritage Tourism on Sustainable Community Development, Health and Wellbeing

A Systematic Review Protocol

  • Nidhi Wali School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University
  • Blessing Akombi
  • Paul James
  • Emma Waterton
  • Hayley Saul
  • Anyier Yuol
  • Andre Renzaho
Keywords: Heritage tourism, Sustainable development, Health, Wellbeing, Community


This systematic review aims to understand the impact of heritage tourism on sustainable community development, including the health and wellbeing of local host communities. The protocol is guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocols (PRISMA-P) guidelines. It highlights the scope and methodology for the systematic review to be conducted. Studies will be included if they: (i) were conducted in English; (ii) were published between January 2000 and December 2018; (iii) used quantitative and/or qualitative methods; and (iv) analysed the impact of heritage tourism on sustainable community development and/or the health of local host communities. Data extraction will be informed by Cochrane Collaboration. The quality of evidence of the studies included will be assessed using validated tools. Findings will be summarised into themes and narrated. The systematic review will establish the impact of heritage tourism on sustainable community development including health and well-being. It also aims provide a theoretical framework which will inform recommendations to improve the life-worlds of local host communities and moderate any tensions between the expanding heritage reach of states and the maintenance of customary and traditional value systems, community governance structures, and associated community development and health benefits.

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