15th Annual International Conference on Tourism, 10-13 June 2019, Athens, Greece
|1||The Impacts of Placemaking, Public Art & Urban Innovation on Contemporary Tourism|
Dr. Mark Pennings, Academic Member, ATINER & Senior Lecturer, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Creative Practice, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.
Dr. Debra Cushing, Associate Professor, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Creative Practice, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.
The massive expansion of tourism in the period of globalisation has led to an acceleration in human mobility, with diverse impacts on cities and the lives of tourists and local inhabitants. In this trillion-dollar industry, many cities are seeking to adapt to new challenges and opportunities that have emerged by designing urban sites to appeal to leisure and business tourists, without compromising the needs of local communities. In this process, cities such as New York, Tokyo, and Berlin have been, and are, developing urban landscapes using place-making design principles and concepts to offer unique cultural experiences and lifestyles that celebrate place identity. While at the same time, they are rehabilitating and often gentrifying urban precincts with retail, hospitality, and leisure activities that conform to a global lifestyle and aesthetic. Cities can improve the urban experience by ensuring public parks, public squares and plazas, encourage visits to urban centres and afford intellectual, emotional, and social connections with various aspects of place. Enlisting creative practitioners, such as artists, landscape architects, architects, and urban designers to not just decorate, but enhance the urban experience, is a vital draw for tourists, and encourages a deeper connection to place for locals. These factors are essential for any city that seeks to be attractive to tourists who want a unique short-term travelling experience and the opportunity to live in a city of their choice for extended periods to share the lifestyles of local inhabitants. Researchers and theorists in fields such as tourism studies, art history and theory, landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, social studies, cultural theory, and future studies are welcome to submit proposals for this topic.
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