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A Research Agenda for Urban Tourism

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A Research Agenda for Urban Tourism

9781789907391 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jan van der Borg, Division of Geography and Tourism, KU Leuven, Belgium, and Department of Economics, University Ca'Foscari Venice, Italy
Publication Date: January 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78990 739 1 Extent: c 304 pp
This timely Research Agenda explores and proposes critical lines of research to support understanding of the conditions under which urban tourism contributes to the development of urban systems, and what can be done to create and conserve these conditions. Chapters highlight conceptual discussions, concrete case studies and policy reviews to address the issues surrounding the economic, environmental and social impacts of tourism on cities.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

This timely Research Agenda explores and proposes critical lines of research to support understanding of the conditions under which urban tourism contributes to the development of urban systems, and what can be done to create and conserve these conditions. Chapters highlight conceptual discussions, concrete case studies and policy reviews to address the issues surrounding the economic, environmental and social impacts of tourism on cities.

Analysing the trends that have characterized urban tourism in the past, the Research Agenda looks ahead to those that may influence it in the future, including the impact of Covid-19. Chapters further offer a thorough conceptualization and innovative definitions of the phenomenon of urban tourism. The critical issue of the sustainability of tourism development in cities is also discussed in depth.

The Research Agenda provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the urban tourism debate, making it a critical read for urban studies and tourism scholars. The detailed case studies from across four continents will also be beneficial to policymakers and urban planners dealing with tourism development.
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‘Cities should be able to cater to travel-starved citizens of the world aching to spend their savings as soon as the COVID-19 travel bans are lifted. But how to do that without falling back into the trap of overtourism? The answers can be found in this collection of highly informative readings. They carefully balance theoretical and practical deliberations, providing an international comparative perspective based on numerous good and bad practices from the past. These should serve both as food for thought and inspiration for tomorrow, for academic researchers and practitioners alike.’
– Irena Ograjenšek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

‘This book stands out in what is a rapidly growing field by balancing the two main discourses in urban tourism in recent decades: the opportunity for economic and social development vs. the devastating forces of overtourism for urban economies and societies. This edited collection gives us the state of the art academic and policy points of view on the future of tourism in cities.’
– Noam Shoval, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

‘This book gives an impressive analysis of the state of the art of urban tourism in different parts of the world. It shows that many cities are at a critical juncture where the social costs of tourism tend to outweigh the social benefits, creating the need for a new, more sustainable business model for urban tourism. Through a challenging research agenda Jan van der Borg presents
the fundamentals for such a business model. This is a must read for those interested in understanding the future of urban tourism.’
– Leo van den Berg, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Contributors include: Dario Bertocchi, Jan van der Borg, Nicola Camatti, Ben Derudder, Rachel Feng, Tigran Haas, Ephrem A. Haile, Anna-Paula Jonsson, Jeroen Klijs, Ko Koens, Ante Mandić, Bart Neuts, Vincent Nijs, Shirley Nieuwland, Lidija Petrić, Greg Richards, Antonio Paolo Russo, Elsa Soro, Costa Spirou, Getaneh A. Tessema, Ewout Versloot, Karl Wöber, Egbert van der Zee, Bozana Zekan, Sebastian Zenker

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