Cultural tourism is defined as the process of sensing, understanding and observing the human culture through tourism. Generally speaking, it means the tourism projects including appreciating foreign traditional culture, seeking for the celebrity’s whereabouts as well as attending local cultural events. To pursue cultural recreation has become a fashion.

Due to the regional differences of tourism culture, the final purpose of cultural tourism is to realize cultural harmony through cultural collisions and interaction. Featuring identities of nation, art, mystery, diversity and interaction, cultural tourism is the course of experiencing cultural connotations when the traveler is on the road. It is also one of the main functions of cultural tourism that brings people gorgeous cultural experience through tourism spots full of cultural connotations. This experience shows the role of inspiring aesthetic interest, enlightening education and carrying national and religious emotion.    

Generally speaking, cultural tourism means the tourism projects including appreciating foreign traditional culture, seeking for the celebrity’s whereabouts as well as attending local cultural events. A new fad occurred in seeking for cultural entertainment. In new era, cultural tourism, a special comprehensive industry, has become the most dynamic emerging industry in social and economic development due to its high connections, broad coverage, strong radiation and motivation. It covers all areas ranging from historic relics, architecture, national arts to religion. 

Cultural tourism has gained its popularity in recent years and its emergence has something to do with the transformation of tourist demand. Therefore, a most popular definition is tourism activities featuring cultural resources, including historic relics, architecture, national arts, customs and religions. There is another story that cultural tourism is a big travel event integrated with politic, economy, education and technology, thus it should be classified into special tourism.

In conclusion, cultural tourism consists of visible objects and entertainment created by the tourism entrepreneurs, which enable tourists to participate in travel activities full of cultural connotations

Although cultural tourism and tourism culture are different from each other, they do have some connections. Cultural tourism, a type of tourism, belongs to sports and has something to do with tourism connotations. While the tourism culture, a branch of culture, belongs to culture and aligns with architecture culture, ecological culture, art culture and others. On one hand, cultural development enriches the content of tourism culture, thus promoting the development of tourism culture. On the other hand, the development of tourism provides cultural tourism with rich tourism content so as to meet the cultural demands of tourists. In terms of outbound stretch, cultural tourism can be interpreted as one part of research for tourism culture. However, tourism culture has more content.

Neither cultural tourism is a product, nor is it similar to tourism culture. The cultural tourism attaches much attention to culture while tourism is only a form. “Cultural” in cultural tourism should be interpreted as the resolve for tourism function and purpose.

With the reconstruction of our industry, many good opportunities are offered to the fast development of tourism. Experts in tourism planning believed that tourism, the top of the tertiary industry, is the labor-intensive industry characterized by long chains, large coverage and strong connections and motivations. Relying on the guide of national reconstruction, Hubei attaches much attention to tourism development with rich labor resources.

Since our country’s entry into WTO, domestic tourism and relevant industries speed up the step of going global, which brings Henan province new opportunities to accelerate the development and seek for big development. The domestic secondary market is easily separated by other regions in Henan and neighboring markets, such as Shaanxi, Hunan and Jiangxi. Due to the intense competition in tourism, the original market has been cut into different parts. Therefore, tourists have more choices about tourism products featuring richer connotations, bigger charisma and higher standards. 

The Definition of Cultural Tourism in New Era