The selling (out) of Berlin and the de- and re-politicization of urban tourism in Europe’s ‘Capital of Cool’

Novy, J. 2016. The selling (out) of Berlin and the de- and re-politicization of urban tourism in Europe’s ‘Capital of Cool’. in: Colomb, C. and Novy, J. (ed.) Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City Routledge. pp. 52-72

Chapter titleThe selling (out) of Berlin and the de- and re-politicization of urban tourism in Europe’s ‘Capital of Cool’
AuthorsNovy, J.
EditorsColomb, C. and Novy, J.
Abstract

Tourism promotion has become a defining feature of Berlin’s increasingly entrepreneurial approach to urban development, yet there has been a notable absence of tourism policy, planning and management by the city’s authorities. The chapter outlines the controversies surrounding the growth and impacts of tourism in Berlin (Germany) and argues that since 2010, there has been a re-politicization of tourism as a policy field. After years of being treated in technocratic fashion, tourism has become increasingly controversially discussed and contested. Critical voices have been concerned about its adverse effects on neighbourhoods and residents, while its advocates have begun to worry about the future prospects of Berlin as a destination if the very attributes which made it successful are threatened by mass tourism. Tourism-related mobilisations are thus not so much ‘anti-tourist’ as they are critical of the city government’s approach towards tourism development and management.

Keywordsurban tourism
urban social movements
urban conflicts
tourism planning
urban develoment
Book titleProtest and Resistance in the Tourist City
Page range52-72
Year2016
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published11 Jul 2016
SeriesContemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility
ISBN9781138856714

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