Many museums and historical sites are mainly visited by tourists but not local people. Why is this the case and what can be done to attract more local people to visit these places?
In most countries, it can be observed that tourists make up the majority of visitors to museums and historical sites while the locals tend to not be drawn to such attractions. There are several factors contributing to this problem, but it is not without possible solutions. Firstly, historical attractions are capable of providing a short narration of the culture of an area or in broader term, a country. However, it would not be a stretch to assume that most locals are already accustomed to the cultural aspects of their areas . On the contrary, tourists are often far from knowledgable, which would explain their interest. In additon, the entrance fee can be affordable for tourists from developed countries while it is usually not the case for the native of developing nations. With the combination of these two reasons, most locals do not find the expense justifiable for the value they get from visiting these locations. This problem can be addressed with adjustments from the government. There should be investments in museums in order to create new experience for the locals. Regarding entrance fee, a discount on the given services would not be an implausible idea to attract more local people. For instance, Ngu Hanh Son (the Marble Mountain) in Da Nang offers tickets for the elevator service for $2 each, which can be a significant amount for most Vietnamese. With this fee withdrawn, most people would be more willing to visit the area. In conclusion, there does exist an imbalance in how often tourists and local people choose to visit museums or historical sites. Nevertheless, the authorities can definitely carry out plans to solve this problem.