The Tourist City

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Throughout the world, cities vie for tourist dollars in a competition so intense that they sometimes totally reconstruct their downtowns and waterfronts to attract tourists. Growing at an astonishing pace, urban tourism now plays a pivotal role in the economic development strategies of urban governments around the globe. In this book, distinguished urban experts from a variety of disciplines investigate tourism and its transforming impact on cities.

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Overview

Throughout the world, cities vie for tourist dollars in a competition so intense that they sometimes totally reconstruct their downtowns and waterfronts to attract tourists. Growing at an astonishing pace, urban tourism now plays a pivotal role in the economic development strategies of urban governments around the globe. In this book, distinguished urban experts from a variety of disciplines investigate tourism and its transforming impact on cities.

As cities become places to play, the authors show, tourism recasts their spatial form. In some cities, separate spaces devoted to tourism and leisure are carved out. Other cities more readily absorb tourists into daily urban life, though even these cities undergo transformation of their character. The contributors examine such U. S. tourist meccas as Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, and New York City's Times Square and continue on an international tour that looks at pilgrimage sites (Jerusalem), newly created resorts (CancĂșn), and places of artistic and historic interest (Prague). Other chapters take up important themes concerning the marketing of cities, how tourists perceive places, the construction of tourism infrastructure, and strategies for drawing tourists, including sports, riverboat gambling, and sex tourism in Southeast Asia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300078466
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Global Forces, Local Strategies, and Urban Tourism 1
Pt. I The Political Economy of Tourism
Evaluating Urban Tourism 21
Constructing the Tourist Bubble 35
Marketing Cities for Tourism 54
Sensing the City 71
Pt. II Constructing Cities as Theme Parks
Walt Disney World and Orlando: Deregulation as a Strategy for Tourism 89
Las Vegas: Casino Gambling and Local Culture 107
Cancun Bliss 124
Pt. III Converting Cities into Tourist Sites
The City: Strategic Site for the Global Entertainment Industry 143
The New Boston Discovers the Old: Tourism and the Struggle for a Livable City 155
Culture Meets Commerce: Tourism in Postcommunist Prague 179
Tourism in Jerusalem: A Place to Pray 198
Pt. IV Tourism Strategies
Tourism and Sports: The Serious Competition for Play 215
Riverboat Gambling, Tourism, and Economic Development 233
International Tourism and the Cities of Southeast Asia 245
Cities as Places to Play 261
Contributors 273
Notes 279
References 301
Index 333
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