Tourism and the City: Potential and Pitfalls |

Tourism and the City: Potential and Pitfalls


Urban governments have increasingly looked to tourism as a source of economic development. The industry offers significant advantages to cities: it is a source of export income; it provides jobs for the unskilled; it can lead to investment in other economic sectors as visitors find a city to be desirable; and almost every metropolis has assets that can be used to attract visitors. At the same time it can cause areas to become overwhelmed by visitors, it can undermine authentic culture, and it can be a vehicle for gentrification. One approach to enlarging the benefits of tourism is to decentralize it to neighbourhoods outside “the tourist bubble” and to facilitate the mixing of visitors and residents. The challenge for policy makers is to create a democratic tourism that benefits both visitors and residents.

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Prof. Susan Fainstein, Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Wednesday, 20 March 2013
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1,
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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