October 29, 2007

Book Review - Tourism, Culture & Regeneration

Tourism, Culture, & Regeneration
Edited by Melanie K. Smith
G 156.5 .H47 T69 2007

This book focuses on the role of tourism in urban renaissance efforts. Several chapters at the beginning of this compilation address cultural planning in urban regeneration projects, the importance of creativity, and the importance of knowing the proper audience for whom new tourist attractions should be developed and marketed. Special attention is given to "mixed-use" tourist spaces and to ethno-tourism. The majority of the contributed essays, however, offer examples and case studies of successful urban programs focusing on tourist destinations. These lessons include usage of sports venues, cultural programs, celebrating natural wonders, and hosting special events.