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Author : Tony Griffin, Deborah Edwards, Katie Schlenker & Bruce Hayllar
School/Work Place : University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Contact : tony.griffin@uts.edu.au
Year : 2008

Tourism is forming an increasingly significant component of the social and economic fabric of many major cities around the world. The quality of life for the residents of a city can be both degraded and enhanced by tourism and its associated developments. On the positive side, tourism can generate significant job opportunities and income within the urban economy.

Conversely, tourism can come to dominate certain sections of the city to the detriment of residents’ interests. Land uses and services change to become more geared to satisfying the tourists’ desires, which can make it more expensive and less convenient for the residents to satisfy their basic living requirements. Tourists can also take over valued leisure places and spaces that were previously the domain of the local residents. Within this broad range of possible effects, this paper considers one aspect of the relationship between tourism and the quality of urban life. The focus is on tourism and leisure precincts within the city of Sydney, Australia — spaces and places that are shared by both tourists and residents. In particular it considers how Sydneysiders view these precincts and whether their perspectives on these places differ significantly from those of tourists. It also considers the extent to which tourism might contribute to or detract from the experience of local users of these places.


List of Articles
No. Subject Views Date
5 Think Tank XVIII Deconstructing mass tourism with “upscale, all-year-ro... file 17081 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: local residents, seasonality, mass tourism, sustainability, tourism development

Author: Tina Šegota 

Year: 2018 

4 Think Tank XII Destination Governance and Tourist Mobilities: New Par... file 5539 Nov 06, 2013

Resort communities are complex systems where destination governance has become increasingly challenged by new mobilities of capital, finance, labor, communication, transportation, leisure and tourism. Popular destinations like the coastal co...

Author: Dianne Dredge & Tazim Jamal 

Year: 2012 

3 Think Tank IX Valuing water: Perceived differences in attitude and u... file 5084 Oct 13, 2013

The recent explosion of second home development in tourism areas around the world is a reflection not only of the increased mobility of capital and people associated with the effects of globalization but also the development models employed ...

Author: Alison M. Gill, Peter W. Williams & Shelagh Thompson 

Year: 2009 

» Think Tank VIII Shared Playgrounds: Contrasting Visitor Perspectives o... file 7156 Oct 13, 2013

Tourism is forming an increasingly significant component of the social and economic fabric of many major cities around the world. The quality of life for the residents of a city can be both degraded and enhanced by tourism and its associated...

Author: Tony Griffin, Deborah Edwards, Katie Schlenker & Bruce Hayllar 

Year: 2008 

1 Think Tank IV Sustainability and Mass Destinations: Challenges and P... file 4741 Oct 13, 2013

In year 2001, the Government of the Balearic Islands decided to establish a tourism tax, named "ecotax", as an important measure to achieve a more sustainable tourism model for the islands. This paper analyses the background of the ecotax, t...

Author: Antoni Serra Cantallops 

Year: 2004 

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