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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: 352 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
Contributors
Contributors: Dario Bertocchi, Nicola Camatti, Ben Derudder, Xiang Feng, Tigran Haas, Ephrem A. Haile, Anna-Paula Jonsson, Jeroen Klijs, Ko Koens, Ante Mandić, Bart Neuts, Shirley Nieuwland, Vincent Nijs, Lidija Petrić, Greg Richards, Antonio Paolo Russo, Alessandro Scarnato, Elsa Soro, Costas Spirou, Getaneh A. Tessema, Jan van der Borg, Egbert van der Zee, Ewout Versloot, Karl Wöber, Bozana Zekan, Sebastian Zenker
Contents
Contents:

Preface xiii
1 Introduction to A Research Agenda for Urban Tourism 1
Jan van der Borg

PART I URBAN TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
2 Urban tourism: major trends 19
Bozana Zekan and Karl Wöber
3 Urban tourism as a special type of cultural tourism 33
Greg Richards

PART II URBAN TOURISM IN AN INTERNATIONAL,
COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
4 Smart governance in historic urban destinations -
evidence from Croatia 55
Lidija Petrić and Ante Mandić
5 Understanding community perception through
resident attitude studies: a segmentation analysis
in Flemish art cities 85
Bart Neuts and Vincent Nijs
6 Tourism in Venice: mapping overtourism and
exploring solutions 109
Nicola Camatti and Dario Bertocchi
7 The Rotterdam way: a new take on urban tourism
management 129
Shirley Nieuwland, Ewout Versloot and Egbert van der Zee
8 New urban developments in a heritage area.
A case study of Skeppsholmsviken 6 in
Stockholm, Sweden 145
Anna-Paula Jonsson and Tigran Haas
9 Urban tourism development in Africa: evidence
from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 179
Getaneh Addis Tessema and Ephrem Assefa Haile
10 Municipal advancement and tourism policy in the
United States: economic development and urban
restructuring 203
Costas Spirou
11 Comparative study on Chinese cities as
international tourism destinations 221
Xiang Feng, Ben Derudder and Hai Xia Zhou

PART III SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
POLICIES IN CITIES
12 Overtourism – identifying the underlying causes
and tensions in European tourism destinations 245
Ko Koens and Jeroen Klijs
13 Is another tourism possible? Shifting discourses in
Barcelona’s tourism politics 261
Antonio Paolo Russo, Elsa Soro and Alessandro Scarnato
14 Post-COVID-19 urban tourism research 285
Sebastian Zenker
15 Towards A Research Agenda for Urban Tourism.
A synthesis 299
Jan van der Borg

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