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City destinations, overtourism and governance

City destinations, overtourism and governance There has been limited research on the governance of cities coping with large numbers of tourists. Empirical studies of the ways in which elected authorities in cities balance the conflicting interests of the tourism stakeholders, other businesses, communities and residents. It is clear that this requires a whole of government approach, and cities generally have a wide range of expertise and powers.Design/methodology/approachThis paper uses conceptual viewpoint approach.FindingsAs the cases of Barcelona and Venice demonstrate, they are unable to manage the flows of day visitors arriving from the surrounding region, and the airports, ports, roads and railways are managed by regional and national governments. The different functions, powers and performance of government bodies need to be researched if we are to secure a better understanding of the complex and multi-layered activity of tourism can best be governed.Originality/valueThis is an original viewpoint. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Tourism Cities Emerald Publishing

City destinations, overtourism and governance

International Journal of Tourism Cities , Volume 7 (4): 6 – Dec 3, 2021

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© International Tourism Studies Association.
ISSN
2056-5607
DOI
10.1108/ijtc-02-2021-0024
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Abstract

There has been limited research on the governance of cities coping with large numbers of tourists. Empirical studies of the ways in which elected authorities in cities balance the conflicting interests of the tourism stakeholders, other businesses, communities and residents. It is clear that this requires a whole of government approach, and cities generally have a wide range of expertise and powers.Design/methodology/approachThis paper uses conceptual viewpoint approach.FindingsAs the cases of Barcelona and Venice demonstrate, they are unable to manage the flows of day visitors arriving from the surrounding region, and the airports, ports, roads and railways are managed by regional and national governments. The different functions, powers and performance of government bodies need to be researched if we are to secure a better understanding of the complex and multi-layered activity of tourism can best be governed.Originality/valueThis is an original viewpoint.

Journal

International Journal of Tourism CitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 3, 2021

Keywords: Sustainable tourism; Responsible tourism; Barcelona; Overtourism; Venice; City destinations

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