Historical Cities 3.0: 24-hour city [publication]

In historical cities, there is a growing problem related to uncontrolled and unsustainable tourism development. The tourism offer is based on cultural heritage, which is a resource whose marketing value depends on its protection against degradation resulting from increased tourist traffic. This paradox related to tourism management in historical cities gains an additional meaning in the context of the change in tourism supply resulting from globalisation. A dense network of hotels in the historical ur- ban fabric has recently been supplemented by hostels and apartments rented via online peer- to-peer platforms. The long-term effect of touristification of historical cities is their residential and commercial gentrification, which results in the gradual outflow of the previous residents, who are economically and socially pushed out of attractive historical districts. This process leads to conflicts between the residents and the tourists. In Venice, Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Lisbon or Amsterdam, the residents organise street protests, happenings, and blockades of transport routes. Hence the question: what role should Destination Management Organisation (DMO) play in the face of overtourism? Are the contemporary DMOs feel up to the challenge and what measures do they take or should they take to ensure that tourism development is as conflict free as possible?  Czytaj dalej

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