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EU Tourism and Student Identities in a pre-Brexit UK

Anastasiadou, Constantia; Pilcher, Nick; Gutu, Mavis; Panyik, Emese


Emese Panyik


The EU has long advocated cultural tourism to construct a shared, supranational European identity. Drawing on data collected prior to the UK Brexit referendum, the paper compares EU discourse in selected tourism policy documents, and the travel experiences of young European university students attending a UK university. Findings illustrate how the EU’s proclivity towards top-down policies that harness heritage tourism to construct a supranational identity, risks alienating large sections of the European population. Instead, stressing citizenship and the civic elements of identity through a range of tourism-related activities, enables the creation of bottom-up, contemporary, and co-created supranational identities. Moreover, there is scope to consider heritage tourism’s expedience within contemporary debates which acknowledge the complexities of European and other supranational identities.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 9, 2023
Publication Date 2023-03
Deposit Date Feb 22, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2025
Print ISSN 0160-7383
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 99
Article Number 103545
Keywords heritage; citizenship; identity; EU; UK; mobility