IGU Thematic Conference, 20th-23rd August 2023, Mexico.
Urban Transformations: Towards Resilient Cities
Convened by the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Geography of Governance.
Organized in collaboration with the Metropolitan Autonomous University - UAM and the National Autonomous University of Mexico - UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico, from 20th-23rd August 2023, supported by the following commissions:
C16.37: Commission on Urban Geography, C16.14: Commission on Geography of Tourism, Leisure, and Global Change, C16.15: Commission on Geo-Heritage, C16.27: Commission on Latin American Studies, C16.33: Commission on Population Geography.
The IGU Tourism Commission will sponsor a session entitled 'Tourism as a driver of urban change in post-pandemic cities':
Tourism has more than ever become a socio-political issue in many urban contexts. Contemporary urban change is shaped by many factors following the Covid-19 pandemic, not least by tourism, impacting upon places that must coexist with tourism activity; from shifting effects on property markets to issues of the right to the city, socio-spatial inequalities and community tensions. Furthermore, platform mediated tourism rentals and other manifestations of the platform economy can contribute to tourism’s dispersion into neighbourhoods without prior tourism trajectories. As a result, perceptions of overtourism can cause local irritation, leading to a need to find new management solutions to regulate the growing flow of visitors. As such, an understanding the dynamics of urban tourism and local responses it generates is pivotal for understanding urban transformations in a broader context. This sub-theme of the conference explores this and other urban tourism-related dynamics, with a special emphasis on the potential for regenerative and resilience-thinking approaches to urban tourism conflicts and issues in a post-pandemic context.