Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.



Regeneration is the renewal of an environment which has declined economically, environmentally and socially. Typical strategies include developing ‘flagship’ projects, such as cultural attractions or events, which draw in tourists and act as catalysts for further investment and development.

The phenomenon of regeneration has become increasingly prominent on government agendas in recent years, particularly in those countries that have suffered a significant level of economic or industrial decline. The term regeneration is often considered synonymous with ‘revitalisation’ (bringing new life to), or ‘renaissance’ (being reborn). It necessarily implies an initial de-generation. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS, 2004) described regeneration as ‘the positive transformation of a place - whether residential, commercial or open space - that has previously displayed symptoms of physical, social and/or ...

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