As cities become places to play, the authors show, tourism recasts their spatial form. In some cities, separate spaces devoted to tourism and leisure are carved out. Other cities more readily absorb tourists into daily urban life, though even these cities undergo transformation of their character. The contributors examine such U. S. tourist meccas as Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, and New York City’s Times Square and continue on an international tour that looks at pilgrimage sites (Jerusalem), newly created resorts (Cancún), and places of artistic and historic interest (Prague). Other chapters take up important themes concerning the marketing of cities, how tourists perceive places, the construction of tourism infrastructure, and strategies for drawing tourists, including sports, riverboat gambling, and sex tourism in Southeast Asia.
“Tourism is a major force on this planet, and this extraordinarily timely book will go a long way toward defining subsequent scholarship about it.”—John R. Stilgoe, Harvard University
“Does tourist-led development strengthen or distort the local market for jobs and services? Do the attractions that draw outsiders add to residents’ sense of place or undermine its authenticity? Neither pro- nor anti-tourist, the case studies assembled here from around the globe will provide planners and citizens a basis for evaluating their own cities’ futures.”—John Logan, University at Albany, SUNY
"This is an extraordinarily useful and elegantly presented view of the seismic shift to tourist development around the world. Focused case studies show how nature, culture, and history are visualized and interpreted as tourist attractions, translating new patterns of cultural consumption into inequalities of growth."—Sharon Zukin, author of The Culture of Cities