Here is a summary of a presentation given by Trust member Jim Johnson to a conference in Old Montreal in 1994.

Based on his experience of the Old Town, it raises the question of how the City of Edinburgh approach to cultural tourism has developed in the last 20 years – and can it still learn from any of the lessons set out below?

Definition of ‘cultural tourists’: Cultural tourists leave a historic city knowing more about the city than they did previously and having had their eyes opened to a greater appreciation of the cultural values embodied in it.

This definition puts the responsibility onto the ‘hosts’ not the visitors; the ‘host’ has to manage and structure the interpretation of the historic area.

Read more: Five Lessons in Cultural Tourism