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.

Urban Tourism

Urban tourism

Urban tourism refers to visiting cities and towns with the purpose of sightseeing, shopping, doing business or enjoying the entertainment facilities.

Urban tourism was one of the earliest forms of tourism, but there was a major shift away from this kind of tourism to coastal, rural or mountain destinations from the 1950s or so until the 1980s. It is not therefore a new form of tourism, but one which is re-emerging. Although urban areas have always attracted visitors, it has only been in recent years that tourism has been recognised as a major contributor to the urban economy. Greg Ashworth was one of the first authors to identify urban areas as specific locations for tourist activities (Ashworth and Tunbridge, 1990). Hoffman et al. (2003) ...

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