Urban tourism as a source of contention and social mobilisations: a critical review

Novy, J. and Colomb, C. 2019. Urban tourism as a source of contention and social mobilisations: a critical review. Tourism Planning & Development. 16 (4), pp. 358-375. doi:10.1080/21568316.2019.1577293

TitleUrban tourism as a source of contention and social mobilisations: a critical review
TypeJournal article
AuthorsNovy, J. and Colomb, C.
Abstract

Across the globe, there has been a proliferation of manifestations of discontent and protest around tourism-related issues in cities. This points to an increasing “politicization from below” of the impacts of the visitor economy on people and places, which is the result of the quantitative and qualitative transformation of urban tourism, and of the ways in which tourism has been governed (or not) in contemporary cities. This critical review discusses the variety of tourism-related social mobilisations recently witnessed in cities. It distinguishes between multi-focal versus single-issue mobilisations; between those purposefully and primarily focused on tourism and those which have integrated tourism within broader urban struggles; between those with a radical, progressive agenda for urban change versus those primarily defending narrower interests or exhibiting reactionary or hostile characteristics. The paper ends by discussing how urban governance and public policies have responded so far to the conflicts and social mobilisations around tourism.

Keywordsurban tourism, tourism conflicts, urban social movements, overtourism, tourism-phobia
JournalTourism Planning & Development
Journal citation16 (4), pp. 358-375
ISSN2156-8324
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/21568316.2019.1577293
Publication dates
Published23 Apr 2019

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