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AAG CFP - Cosmopolitan Urban Tourism: Gentrification perspectives

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  • Alan A. Lew
    *AAG 2011 * *Seattle**, **WA** * **April 12-16, 2011 Call for Papers Joint sponsored session by the *AAG Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group* and the
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      AAG 2011 Seattle, WA 

      April 12-16, 2011


      Call for Papers


      Joint sponsored session by the AAG Recreation, Tourism and Sport Specialty Group and the ATLAS Special Interest Research Group in Tourism Geographies


      Cosmopolitan Urban Tourism: Gentrification perspectives


      There is a growing relationship between urban change and neighbourhood-based tourism and leisure consumption. As the shift towards consumption in cities is clearer than ever, this process tends to influence tourism tastes and subsequently dictate tourism mobility patterns. In this respect, urban tourism activity plays a role in the displacement of one set of economic activities by another, or by extension, of residential populations by others. In other words; commercial and residential gentrification. Arguably, tourism both is generated by and generates processes of commercial and residential gentrification; particularly in the urban context. Indeed in public policy terms, cosmopolitan tourism development is widely cited as a justification for urban revitalisation efforts with the invariable goal of ‘upscaling’ neighbourhoods.


      As the revitalisation efforts traditionally based in ex-industrial areas (such as waterfronts and ex-manufacturing spaces) are being broadened out to include mixed residential and commercial urban areas (in particular ethnic precincts, traditionally working class neighbourhoods or indeed any architecturally attractive but run down urban areas), tourists and tourism activities also begin to enter the scene. Similarly, the increasing predilection for major events, also linked to elevated tourist numbers in cities, tend to accelerate residential and commercial gentrification processes in their wake (see Hall, 2001).


      In the midst of an ever-increasing contingent of urban seekers within tourism markets that were traditionally based on cultural tourism outside of the urban context. But where do city tourists, as urban ‘seekers’, fit into the tourism-gentrification nexus? What links can be made between direct commercial gentrification and subsequent residential gentrification stemming from the increasing consumption of urban lifestyles (necessarily situated within ‘neighbourhoods’) by visitors?


      This session, cosponsored by the Tourism Geographies Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association of Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS), attempts to link notions of urban tourism based on the consumption of cosmopolitan urban lifestyles with processes of commercial and residential gentrification in inner city neighbourhoods.


      Papers are invited on (but not limited to) the following themes:


      ·         Neighbourhood-based urban tourism and high-spend / luxury and specialty commerce

      ·         Regeneration of brownfield sites and cosmopolitan tourism development

      ·         Low income neighbourhoods, identity and urban tourism as ‘spectacle’

      ·         Institutional and regulatory context of gentrification and urban tourism

      ·         Urban social movements and neighbourhood tourism development

      ·         Local planning and management of tourism in inner city areas

      ·         Tourism and social capital in urban neighbourhoods

      ·         The role of arts and cultural facilities in tourism and gentrification processes

      ·         Issues of gender, sexuality, class, race and ethnicity in neighbourhood-based tourism and gentrification processes

      ·         Major events, gentrification and tourism

      ·         Creative industries, tourism and neighbourhood change


      In addition to registering your abstract for the conference on the AAG website, please submit a copy to Julie Wilson (Julie.Wilson@...) and Alan Lew (Alan.Lew@...) no later than 12th October 2010.



      Alan A. Lew, Ph.D., AICP
      Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
      Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation
      Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-5016, USA
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