Tourism and the city: towards new models?

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Greg Richards, profesor de Placemaking y Eventos, Universidad NHTV de Breda, y de Estudios de Ocio, Universidad de Tilburg

Globalisation and new information technology are bringing significant changes to tourism. Tourism experiences are now increasingly being co-produced by tourism companies, tourists and local residents. This has significant implications for cities such as Barcelona, where there has been an explosion of new tourism products through new intermediaries such as Airbnb. As a result, tourism is penetrating further into the fabric of the city, and is also being produced by the residents of Barcelona themselves. Perhaps for this reason they complain less about the negative effects of tourism than might be expected.

 Key words: tourism, Barcelona, co-creation, tourism impacts, Airbnb

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