Workshop | Local Experiences of Urban Tourism

Organizers: Fenne Pinkster & Willem Boterman

23June2017 10:00 - 13:00


In this seminar, Johannes Novy, Sebastien Jacquot and Fenne Pinkster will explore the sociospatial impacts of urban tourism from the perspective of local residents in Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam.

In recent years, many cities have experienced an unprecedented growth in tourism. With the emergence of the experience economy and fueled by increased availability of mass transportation, communication and information technologies, historic city centers have become objects of cultural consumption in an ever expanding global consumer market. In economic terms, the tourist industry forms an important source of revenue for the city and for residents and many local governments therefore take an active role in marketing their cities as a place to visit. At the same time, tourism is transforming the urban landscape and local social and cultural life in unanticipated ways.

In cities like Amsterdam, Venice and Barcelona, visitors by far outnumber residents on an average summer day and the transformation of urban space geared to the experience of visitors – often referred to as a process of commodification or ‘disneyfication’ – is beginning to undermine the role of town centers as everyday places for residents to live, meet and interact. Moreover, facilitated by new technologies and business models such as AirBnB, new geographies of tourism are emerging, whereby resident and tourist uses of urban space increasingly intersect. These developments are not always experienced positively by residents. Consequently, tourism is becoming a new source of tension and conflict as residents in various cities across Europe protest against the hollowing out of  their community, changes in the housing market and touristification of the commercial landscape.



10.00 - 10.30    
Dr Johannes Novy (Cardiff University): (Post-)Tourism in Berlin: Stories of conflict and conviviality

10.30 - 11.00    
Dr Sebastien Jacquot (Université Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne): Tourism regulations in Paris, between protest and local participations. From Montmartre to Grand Paris.

11.00 – 11.30
Coffee break

11.30 – 12.00
Dr Fenne Pinkster (Universiteit van Amsterdam | Centre for Urban Studies): Living in a theme park: coping strategies of long-term residents in the Amsterdam Canal  District.

12.00 – 13.00
Plenary discussion



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