Tourism Cities in Post-Communist Countries

Authored by: Melanie Kay Smith , Tamara Klicek

Routledge Handbook of Tourism Cities

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

Print ISBN: 9780367199999
eBook ISBN: 9780429244605
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Sýkora (2009) defined the post-socialist city as a temporarily existing, transitional city which adapted to new political and economic conditions in the transformation from communism to capitalism. The aim of this chapter is to examine this transition with specific reference to tourism in capitals and other large cities in former communist countries. Although Tsenkova (2012) and Berki (2014) emphasise that post-socialist urban transition has been uneven, several common themes will be discussed. These include: political, economic and social changes; reinterpretation of the socialist past including dissonant heritage; national and city identity and branding; the role of tourism in urban rehabilitation and gentrification; the night-time economy; and (more recently) ‘overtourism’.

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