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The challenge of touristic urban spaces

Authored by: Ece Kaya , Deborah Edwards

Routledge Handbook of Tourism Cities

Print publication date:  August  2020
Online publication date:  August  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367199999
eBook ISBN: 9780429244605
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429244605-20

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Abstract

There is no question that urban tourism is considered a valued component of a city’s economy (Edwards et al. 2008, Ashworth and Page 2011). This is evident in the latter part of the twentieth century, by cities transforming industrial spaces into tourism precincts as they sought to provide leisure opportunities for visitors. With the advent of the Festival Market model of the 1980s (Edwards et al. 2008), taking inspiration from the early approaches to waterfront developments that occurred in Boston, Baltimore, Seattle, San Francisco and London (Florio and Brownill 2000, Bruttomesso 2004, Gospodini 2006, Jones 2007, Fainstein 2008, Smith and Ferrari 2012), Sydney transformed a disused working port – Darling Harbour – into an attractive tourism precinct. The precinct is continually being revitalised with the most recent change a redevelopment of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre site into the new International Convention Centre Sydney.

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