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International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Special Interest Group on Urban Tourism

# Cities have been, are, and will continue to be important destinations that attract many visitors.

๐Ÿ”ต One of the key drivers that have contributed to the rapid growth of urban tourism is the increased level of urbanisation seen by regions across the world. The world has become more urbanised with every passing year.

๐Ÿ”ดNowadays, most wealth and resource consumption takes place in cities and towns, putting governments under pressure to address the challenges of urban environments.

๐Ÿ”ต Managing tourism in cities and avoiding overcrowding will continue to be an important aspect that policymakers should focus on if urban destinations are to become more sustainable.

๐Ÿ”ด For this to happen, strong political will is needed so that the required resources are allocated, as well as employed effectively to manage tourism responsibly.

๐Ÿ”ต Participatory planning and consultation of key stakeholders in a destination is also a must if potential conflicts between locals and visitors are to be avoided.

๐Ÿ”ด This leads us to the well-being and quality of life of residents, an important area of research and a key aspect to be considered by city policymakers in their efforts to promote sustainable destinations.

๐Ÿ”ต Cities have continued to be popular destinations over the years due to the many attractions they offer and their diverse characteristics. Indeed, cities have been recognized as hubs of development and centers of innovation, places where businesses concentrate and where developed transportation and accommodation facilities can be found.

๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ˆ๐“๐’๐€ ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐†๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐จ๐ง ๐”๐ซ๐›๐š๐ง ๐“๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ.

@Cristina Maxim