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Cultural Tourism as an Economic Development Strategy for Ethnic Neighborhoods


  • Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

    (University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA)

  • Konstantina Soureli

    (University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA)


Many ethnic inner city neighborhoods in US cities are rich in traditions, history, art, and cuisine but are also suffering from disinvestment, high poverty rates, and deterioration. In the face of a growing popularity of cultural tourism, an opportunity exists to explore how neighborhood cultural assets can be used to promote economic development in such neighborhoods. In this study we draw information from a literature review, surveys of merchants and cultural institutions in four ethnic neighborhoods of Los Angeles, and analysis of the characteristics and impact of existing cultural tourism programs in seven US cities to discuss the opportunities and challenges of using cultural tourism as an economic development strategy in ethnic inner city neighborhoods.

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  • Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris & Konstantina Soureli, 2012. "Cultural Tourism as an Economic Development Strategy for Ethnic Neighborhoods," Economic Development Quarterly, , vol. 26(1), pages 50-72, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ecdequ:v:26:y:2012:i:1:p:50-72

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