Tourism Shaping Places

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Tourism Shaping Places

Co-sponsored by the IGU Commission for the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change

Increasingly, tourism is being recognized as a powerful force that influences the development of places. Sometimes this development is welcomed for its anticipated positive impacts on local labor markets and businesses. However, the negative impacts of tourism, related to, for example, uncontrolled growth in certain localities, are recognized and are now raising local concern, resistance and various attempts to regulate. This perception is also mirrored in the scientific literature and research on tourism geographies has analyzed tourism partly as a potential tool for local and regional development and partly as consumption of environment and culture. Popular buzzwords such as “overtourism” signify this recent concern for the realized and anticipated impacts of tourism and underline that tourism has become a power to count on in rural areas and cities alike. Against this background this session invites contributions that share the insight that tourism is a force that shapes places and we welcome papers that highlight theoretical and empirical dimensions of ongoing changes.

Abstracts of max. 200 words should be submitted by the 14th of March to Dieter K. Müller and Patrick Brouder