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Area Regeneration and Tourism Development. Evidence from Three European Cities

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  • Jan van der Borg

    () (Department of Economics, University Of Venice Ca� Foscari)

  • Antonio Russo

    (University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain)

Abstract

This paper discusses a key issue in the framework of modern urban development policies: the role of cultural tourism in processes of urban transformation. The analysis focuses specifically on how the emphasis on the symbolic in the restructuring of certain areas of the city may function like a spinwheel for the regeneration of urban economies, and on the stability of this process. The paper presents the cases of three European cities -Barcelona, Manchester and Rotterdam-, all of which are believed to be templates in cultural planning, and have been successful, to different extents, as tourism destinations. In the three cities, the peculiar relationship between area renewal through cultural development projects and tourism has unravelled in different ways that are revelatory of structural, as well as contingent, differences in tourism policy organisation and contexts, and that present different challenges for the future.

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  • Jan van der Borg & Antonio Russo, 2008. "Area Regeneration and Tourism Development. Evidence from Three European Cities," Working Papers 2008_21, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  • Handle: RePEc:ven:wpaper:2008_21
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    1. Monica Degen, 2003. "Fighting for the global catwalk: formalizing public life in Castlefield (Manchester) and diluting public life in el Raval (Barcelona)," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 27(4), pages 867-880, December.
    2. Stephen Quilley, 2000. "Manchester First: From Municipal Socialism to the Entrepreneurial City," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(3), pages 601-615, September.
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    Keywords

    Urban; revitalization; development; tourism; cultural assets;

    JEL classification:

    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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