Tourism management in the historic city. The impact of urban planning policies

Daniel Barrera-Fernandez, Marco Hernández-Escampa, Antonia Balbuena Vázquez


The introduction of tourist activities in the historic city implies major challenges for urban policy. It has to deal with conflicts such as congestion, pollution, replacement of urban activities and overuse of heritage assets. In addition, specific problems of each city must be considered, which are related to their own administrative culture, topography, history or socio-economic features. This paper analyzes the solutions provided by cities located in three different contexts: the English-speaking area, the Mediterranean and Latin America, in particular Plymouth, Malaga and Guanajuato. The methodology is based on a qualitative analysis of urban plans, master plans, regulations or other urban planning related tools. The research highlights the different problems faced by each city and the solutions adopted, which can serve as an example for other cases facing similar challenges. 


Cultural tourism, urban tourism, heritage, public policies, urban regeneration

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