Working Group D, moderated by Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, Morocco and Amer Moustafa, UAE, discussing the topic of "Touristic Urbanism - between local and global".
Tourism accounts for one of the largest industries, promoting a commodification of place across the world. Clean, safe, and attractive self-contained environments are created that by definition are generally segregated from local conditions.
Packaged for mass consumption these sites are crafted via various tactics involving the construction of popular myth, the re-framing of history, and the management of cultural reception. In effect, destinations are remapped to serve social, political, and economic agendas.
Tourism is simultaneously a product and producer of culture, a catalyst in a nuanced process of exchange. This phenomenon offers an arena for examining the mutual relationship between contemporary practices of tourism and the ongoing development of the built environment.
April 20, 2007 | Workshop Conclusion
The workshop reporters present the findings and conclusions of the workshops.
April 20, 2007 | Working Group D Part 2
Experts and participants start to collaborate on the topic of the workshop.Silvina Povarchik, Argentina: Web-City Museum: Strategic Revitalization of Cordoba’s Historical Center Using Tangible and Intangible Local Cultural Resources (PDF, 1.79 MB) »Luciana Repiso, Argentina: Heritage, Tourism and Sustainability: An Archaeological Park as a Tool for Local Sustainable Development (PDF, 367.58 KB) »Juan Alfonso Zapata, Dominican Republic: Workshop paper - Carribean Strips: Tourism’s Unfulfilled Promises (PDF, 48.69 KB) »
April 18, 2007 | Working Group D Part 1
Experts and participants start to collaborate on the topic of the workshop.Mari Paz Balibrea, UK: Strategies of Remembrance: Branding the New Barcelona (PDF, 626.21 KB) »Donald Bates, Australia: Permanent Visitors (PDF, 240.91 KB) »Download Expert paper (PDF, 289.35 KB) »Apichoke Lekagul, Thailand: Enhancing Authenticity of Art and Craft Production Communities for Tourism Development (PDF, 620.09 KB) »