Tourism And The Public Realm Some Observations

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Presentation given to the Tourism Society in October 2009

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Tourism And The Public Realm Some Observations

  1. 1. Tourism and the Public Realm:Some observations<br />Dr Simon C Woodward<br />Senior Research Fellow, ICRT<br />
  2. 2. How will I fill 15 minutes?<br />The contribution of urban realm to the tourist experience<br />‘Frontspace’ and ‘backspace’ - conflicts over access to public space<br />Points to consider<br />
  3. 3. Contribution of urban realm to the tourist experience<br />As a backdrop/ foreground to monuments and buildings<br />As a location for events<br />As an attraction in its own right<br />As an ‘accidental’ element of the overall experience<br />
  4. 4. Urban realm as a backdrop to the sense of place<br />
  5. 5. Iconic urban realm<br />
  6. 6. Using urban realm for one-off events<br />
  7. 7. Urban realm and regular events: BabMakina, Fès, Morocco<br />
  8. 8. Using improvements to create a new destination: Al Azhar Park, Cairo<br />
  9. 9. Darb Al Ahmar neighbourhood, Cairo<br />
  10. 10. Cleary Gardens, City of London<br />
  11. 11. The Square, Brussels, Belgium<br />
  12. 12. The Grand Tour in York™<br />
  13. 13. Incidental uses of urban realm<br />
  14. 14. The ‘domestication by cappucino’ of urban spaces (Atkinson, 2003)<br />
  15. 15. Other conflicts over access to urban realm<br />
  16. 16. Frontspace and backspace<br />How appropriate is it for tourists to wander round people’s ‘backyards’?<br />At what point does interest become intrusion?<br />How can we raise awareness of acceptable limits?<br />
  17. 17. Saltaire World Heritage Site, West Yorkshire<br />
  18. 18. How should tourists behave in a residential area? Is this ever public space?<br />
  19. 19. Some points to consider<br />Thoughtful design obviously adds to the sense of place<br />We can use urban realm works to create destinations that appeal to both tourists &locals<br />People will always adapt space to suit their own needs<br />We must consider the needs of locals as well as tourists – are there limits to where tourists should go?<br />

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