Amaia Makua, PhD of the Institute of Leisure Studies has presented the panel session titled Tourism and the Heritage of Living Industries in the conference held in Taipei (Taiwan) during the 5-9th of April on Tourism and the Shifting Values of Cultural Heritage. Organised by Ironbridge Institute and National Taiwan University in association with UNESCO UNITWIN Network (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and the Centre for Tourism and Cultural change (UK), the aim of the conference was to examine both the tensions and opportunities in the processes of valuing and protecting cultural heritage and in mobilising it for development purposes in the wider social sphere.
The integrants of the panel sessions were Dietrich Soyez (University of Cologne), Elspeth Frew (La Trobe University) and Amaia Makua (Institute of Leisure Studies from University of Deusto). They raised several issues regarding the conception, the development and the implications of a tourism-culture based on past and present industrial elements. These main themes were the valorization of the industry as cultural assets, the authenticity in industrial tourism offers and the capacaity of industrial sites to reflect the regional and cultural identity through interpretation.
The session presented by Amaia Makua was titled: The valorization process of industrial heritage and living industry, basic resources of the industrial tourism offer. Its main purpose was to analyze the social, cultural and institutional valorization process that the productive relics and the live industry have gone through since the origins of the Industrial Revolution in Western Europe. This work is part of the author’s PhD thesis defended on November 2012: The Living Industry Visits in the Basque Country: A tourist analyses from the key of Humanist Leisure.