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

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

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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 “politicisation 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.

Type: Article
Title: Urban tourism as a source of contention and social mobilisations: a critical review
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2019.1577293
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2019.1577293
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Urban tourism, tourism conflicts, urban social movements, overtourism, tourism-phobia
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10062991
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