Cities on the map or in the tourist guide? Selling the city and sense of place

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Núria Benach Rovira, profesora de Geografía, Grup de recerca Espais Crítics, Universitat de Barcelona

Cities’ policies of internationalisation seek to attract tourist flows. To do this, they give an extremely simplified presentation of the spaces they promote. This article examines the impact that the promotion and sale of urban spaces to international tourism can have on the complex meanings of the spaces, which may result in a complete and potentially irreversible loss of those meanings, along with the memory of lived urban spaces.

Key words: global flows, city marketing policies, tourism, sense of place, Barcelona

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