Synopses & Reviews
Throughout the world, cities vie for tourist dollars in a competition so intense that they sometimes totally reconstruct their downtowns and waterfronts to attract tourists. Growing at an astonishing pace, urban tourism now plays a pivotal role in the economic development strategies of urban governments around the globe. In this book, distinguished urban experts from a variety of disciplines investigate tourism and its transforming impact on cities. As cities become places to play, the authors show, tourism recasts their spatial form. In some cities, separate spaces devoted to tourism and leisure are carved out. Other cities more readily absorb tourists into daily urban life, though even these cities undergo transformation of their character. The contributors examine such U. S. tourist meccas as Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, and New York City's Times Square and continue on an international tour that looks at pilgrimage sites (Jerusalem), newly created resorts (Canc n), and places of artistic and historic interest (Prague). Other chapters take up important themes concerning the marketing of cities, how tourists perceive places, the construction of tourism infrastructure, and strategies for drawing tourists, including sports, riverboat gambling, and sex tourism in Southeast Asia.
Growing at an astonishing pace, urban tourism today plays a pivotal role in the economic development strategies of cities worldwide. In this absorbing book, urban experts investigate tourism and its transforming impact on cities. Focusing on tourist meccas from Las Vegas to Orlando, Jerusalem to Canc n, the authors show how tourism recasts the spatial form of cities as they strive to become places to play.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-332) and index.
Table of Contents
Global forces, local strategies, and urban tourism / Susan S. Fainstein and Dennis R. Judd -- Evaluating urban tourism / Susan S. Fainstein and David Gladstone -- Constructing the tourist bubble / Dennis R. Judd -- Marketing cities for tourism / Briavel Holcomb -- Sensing the city / John Urry -- Walt Disney World and Orlando: deregulation as a strategy for tourism / Richard Foglesong -- Las Vegas: casino gambling and local culture / Robert E. Parker -- Cancâun bliss / Daniel Hiernaux-Nicolas -- The city: strategic site for the global entertainment industry / Saskia Sassen and Frank Roost -- The new Boston discovers the old: tourism and the struggle for a livable city / Bruce Ehrlich and Peter Dreier -- Culture meets commerce: tourism in postcommunist Prague / Lily M. Hoffman and Jiérâi Musil -- Tourism in Jerusalem: a place to pray / Arie Shachar and Noam Shoval -- Tourism and sports: the serious competition for play / Charles C. Euchner -- Riverboat gambling, tourism, and economic development / Sabina Deitrick, Robert A. Beauregard, and Cheryl Zarlenga Kerchis -- International tourism and the cities of Southeast Asia / Patrick Mullins -- Cities as places to play / Susan S. Fainstein and Dennis R. Judd.