City-to-city online dialogue “Towards a Sustainable City Centre Recovery”

This webinar aims to discuss how this transition will take shape and to what extent a more sustainable urban tourism model will entail not only diversifying city centres’ economies and retail sectors, but also the housing market, the cultural offer and city life as a whole.

ACTIVITAT REALITZADA
9 abril 2021 - 09:30h
LOCALITZACIÓ: Online session
ORGANITZAT PER: CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs) in collaboration with Eurocities, and with the support of Barcelona City Council

COL·LABORADORS (3):

Objectiu

European cities attract millions of visitors each year, with numbers particularly rising since the year 2000. The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly emptied them of tourists as travel restrictions and abrupt lockdowns were imposed across Europe. The fall in visitor arrivals was unprecedented: London (-9.8 million), Rome (-5.6 million), Paris (-5.4 million), Istanbul (-5.3 million), Barcelona (-4.9 million), Amsterdam (-4.3 million), Prague (-3.8 million) and Dublin (-3.8 million). This downturn has particularly affected city centres, whose services and retail sectors are highly dependent on the tourist industry, due to their high density of restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops and tourist attractions. 

In response, city governments have adopted a range of measures to revitalise these urban areas. An ongoing study by CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme in seven European cities (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Ghent, Florence, Nantes, Ljubljana and Prague) has observed that the first reaction of local authorities was the adoption of short-term policies to reactivate the economic and tourism sectors. In particular, several measures were adopted to rescue micro, small and medium-sized businesses in city centres. However, the research has also identified a growing interest among cities in intervening in other policy areas, such as governance and participation, digital innovation, culture and housing, as a way to drive a sustainable recovery of urban tourism. In this regard, the study, which remains in progress, is observing that the COVID-19 crisis is accelerating the transition towards a more sustainable urban tourism model. 

Against this backdrop, this webinar aims to discuss how this transition will take shape and to what extent a more sustainable urban tourism model will entail not only diversifying city centres’ economies and retail sectors, but also the housing market (long- and short-term rentals), the cultural offer (tourist attractions and a quality cultural offer that also appeal to locals) and city life as a whole (day-to-day services and facilities, e.g. libraries, kindergartens, parks). The event is organised by CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme, in collaboration with Barcelona City Council and Eurocities. It will bring together elected city officials, practitioners and scholars for a discussion that will take place over two days. The first day will be devoted to analysing the impact of COVID-19 on urban tourism and reflecting on possible ways forward, while the second will explore ongoing policy responses and future municipal strategies to move towards a sustainable recovery.

>> The event will be streamed live at CIDOB’s Youtube channel.

Arxius

Participants

SPEAKERS

Laia Bonet

Laia Bonet

Deputy Mayor for International Relations, Barcelona City Council

Anna Lisa Boni

Anna Lisa Boni

Secretary General, Eurocities

Cecilia Del Re

Cecilia Del Re

Deputy Mayor for Tourism, Innovation, Environment and Urban Planning, Florence City Council

Victor Everhardt

Victor Everhardt

Deputy Mayor for Economy, Finances, Tourism, Amsterdam City Council

Eva Garcia-Chueca

Eva Garcia-Chueca

Senior Research Fellow, Global Cities Programme, CIDOB

Tjaša Ficko

Tjaša Ficko

Deputy Mayor for International Relations, Ljubljana City Council

Claudia Monteiro

Claudia Monteiro

Member of the European Parliament

Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas

Director, CIDOB

André Sobczak

André Sobczak

Vice-President of Nantes Métropole for European Affairs, Employment and Corporate Social Responsibility, Nantes Métropole

Hana Trestikova

Hana Trestikova

Councillor for Culture, Conservation, Exhibitions and Tourism, Prague City Council

City-to-city online dialogue “Towards a Sustainable City Centre Recovery” ACTIVITAT REALITZADA

09:30h Welcome and presentation

Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor for International Relations, Barcelona City Council

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB

09:40h Presentation of the study on city centre recovery and the results of the discussion on Day 1

Eva Garcia-Chueca, Senior Research Fellow, Global Cities Program, CIDOB

09:50h Towards a Sustainable City Centre Recovery

Debate facilitated by:Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, Eurocities 

Debate 1: Long-term strategies to reactivate and diversify city centres 

Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor for 2030 Agenda, Digital Transition, Sports, Territorial and Metropolitan Coordination and International Relations, Barcelona City Council

Victor Everhardt, Deputy Mayor for Economy, Finances, Tourism, Amsterdam City Council

Hana Trestikova, Councillor for Culture, Conservation, Exhibitions and Tourism, Prague City Council

 

Debate 2: How to transition towards a more sustainable urban tourism model? 

Tjaša Ficko,Deputy Mayor for International Relations, Ljubljana City Council

André Sobczak,Vice-President of Nantes Métropole for European Affairs, Employment and Corporate Social Responsibility, Nantes Métropole

Cecilia Del Re,Deputy Mayor for Tourism, Innovation, Environment and Urban Planning, Florence City Council

11:15h Concluding keynote

Claudia Monteiro, Member of the European Parliament

11:25h Wrap-up and way forward in the Eurocities framework

Anna Lisa Boni,Secretary General, Eurocities