Urban tourism

Authored by: Edward H. Huijbens , Gunnar Thór Jóhannesson

Handbook of Urban Mobilities

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138482197
eBook ISBN: 9781351058759
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This chapter explains mobilities in terms of the infrastructure developed for urban tourism in Iceland spurred by the rise of the creative city discourse. Access to and access within the city are fundamental to a city’s status when it comes to globalised urban tourism. The development of airports, high-speed mass transits and attractions such as revamped downtowns and waterfronts shows how tourism plays an increasing role in urban governance, affecting planning and thus impacting the city fabric and attitudes and livelihoods of its residences. The chapter explores the vagaries thereof in Reykjavik, Iceland, and through the particular example of Airbnb.

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