Identification of overtourism in Poznań through the analysis of social conflicts [publication]

Piotr Zmyślony, Marta Pilarczyk, „Studia Periegetica”

Abstract: The purpose of the article is twofold: to diagnose tourism-related conflicts occurring in Poznań by identifying their intensity and key parties, and to determine the capacity of the key stakeholders in the city’s tourism system to mitigate these disputes. Because of its complex nature, overtourism in cities is a dangerous phenomenon, which is very hard to measure. Like other social conflicts, the intensity and development of overtourism can be measured by analysing tourism-related conflicts in the urban space, using tools offered by conflict management theories, especially Christopher Moore’s Circle of Conflict model. Conflict issues identified by the author are associated with the uncontrolled consumption of the city’s overall offering, which is manifested by the behaviour of city inhabitants, visitors from the metropolitan area, and tourists. The article contributes to the literature on overtourism by proposing an alternative method of identifying the scope and intensity of overtourism in the absence of objective measures and data. The author also proposes a method of evaluating key stakeholders’ capacity for conflict management in Poznań. Czytaj dalej

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Partnerstwo i przywództwo w regionie turystycznym 2008 [publikacja eBook-PDF 2020]

Piotr Zmyślony

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Po dwunastu latach i trzech miesiącach od premiery drukowanej, w repozytorium CEEOL ukazała się cyfrowa wersja książki Partnerstwo i przywództwo w regionie turystycznym, uwolniona online przez Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego w Poznaniu. Czytaj dalej

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The Sharing Economy and Sustainability of Urban Destinations in the (Over)tourism Context: The Social Capital Theory Perspective [publication]

Piotr Zmyślony, Grzegorz Leszczyński, Anna Waligóra, Wiesław Alejziak

Abstract: This article contributes to the discussion on the sustainability of the sharing economy by adopting the Social Capital Theory to expand explanations of the sharing economy’s role and scope of relations with local communities in the context of overtourism. As mutual relationships have not been fully recognized through a theoretical perspective, the article aims to examine the sustainability of the process of the sharing economy impacting urban tourism communities in light of Robert Putnam’s approach to Social Capital Theory. On the basis of a selective systematic review, the article discusses the sustainability of the sharing economy through the lens of bridging and bonding social capital. We argue that a new configuration of social capital, i.e., a sharing platform-modified social capital, arises from the unsustainable and disruptive power of the sharing economy implemented by virtual platforms, thereby contributing to an overtourism syndrome. However, from a medium- and long-term perspective, the sharing economy also impacts the bridging nature of social capital, which should lead to a more sustainable balance in its structure. This initial framework for understanding the impact of the sharing economy on sustainability of local communities provides an alternative approach to studying residents’ perceptions and attitudes towards tourism in the areas affected by overtourism. Czytaj dalej

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Deconstructing the Overtourism-Related Social Conflicts [publication]

Piotr Zmyślony, Joanna Kowalczyk-Anioł, Monika Dembińska

Abstract: The debate on overtourism still lacks conceptual precision in its delineation of the constituent elements and processes. In particular, conflict theory is rarely adopted, even though the social conflict is inscribed into the nature of this phenomenon. This article aims to frame the discussion about (over)tourism within the perspective of social conflict theory by adopting the conflict deconstructing methods in order to diagnose the constructs and intensity of disputes associated with overtourism. In pursuit of this aim, the study addresses the following two research questions: (1) To what extent has the heuristic power of the conflict theory been used in overtourism discourse? and (2) How can overtourism be measured by the nature of the social conflicts referring to urban tourism development? The systematic literature review was conducted to analyze research developments on social conflicts within the overtourism discourse. In the empirical section (the case studies of the Polish cities, Krakow and Poznan), we deconstruct the social conflicts into five functional causes (i.e., values, relationship, data, structural, and interests) to diagnose the nature of the conflicts with respect to urban tourism development. This study shows that value conflicts impact most intensively on the nature and dynamics of the conflicts related to overtourism. Czytaj dalej

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From Centrally Driven Variations to Market-Driven Development: Models of Urban Tourism Evolution in Poland [publication]

Piotr Zmyślony, Marek Nowacki


This chapter discusses the impact of politics and economics on urban tourism development in Poland over the last 70 years. It aims to verify the hypothesis of the overall model of the post-Soviet urban destination life cycle. Seven major Polish cities in Poland have been examined: Gdańsk, Kraków, Łódź, Lublin, Poznań, Warszawa, and Wrocław. According to the results, the impact of the shift from communism to capitalism on their tourism evolution trajectories is not unequivocal and equal. Subsequently, three different models of the evolution of the urban tourist function have been identified. Czytaj dalej

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Tourism and the night-time economy: the perspective article [publication]

Piotr Zmyślony, Robert Pawlusiński, „Tourism Review”


Purpose – This paper aims to depict the evolution of the relationship between tourism and the night-time economy (NTE) from 1946 to 2095.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper enables the feedback loop concept rooted in general system theory to identify positive and negative feedback loops between tourism and the NTE. The study is based on selective literature on the topic.

Findings – The paper recognises the volatility of positive and negative loops in the past and the dominance of positive feedback loops in the future. This paper also identifies the primary triggers of the feedback loops as technological, economic, environmental, political, social and market. Czytaj dalej

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Returning life to the center of Tehran: The Oudlajan foodscape [publication]

Shiva Hakimian, Ali Afshar, Joanna Kowalczyk-Anioł

Abstract: The Oudlajan revitalization project proposed in the article, relates to both its contemporary needs and its potential. In its idea, the project uses the Iranian tradition of ‘hangout’ and refers to current trends in spending leisure time as well as shaping (designing) inclusive urban space. In terms of purpose, the project presented is applied, and in terms of methods used, it is a descriptive and analytical (qualitative) study. The article is also a voice in the debate on tourism and urban regeneration. By displaying Persian conditions in shaping the foodscape (tourism taste-space), it contributes to the dynamically-developing research on food tourism and urban culinary space.  Czytaj dalej

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