Cultural tourism is an important tool for celebrating, preserving and promoting a state's unique heritage. It is also an effective way to stimulate a state's economy, as it increases opportunities for artists, encourages public participation in the arts and facilitates cultural commerce.
State arts agencies can foster cultural tourism in a number of ways. For example, they can lead statewide planning efforts, provide information and training sessions, conduct research, and offer funding for local initiatives.
This page highlights examples of state arts agency cultural tourism programs and contains links to data sources and other resources to help support cultural tourism initiatives.