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Tourism in historic cores, conflict or opportunity? The stakeholders point of view in Madrid’s case

Manuel Valenzuela, Carmen Hidalgo


In this contribution Madrid is presented as a tourist destination based on its cultural appeal, most of it consisting in the museums and other similar activities (exhibition halls, art fairs, art galleries, e.g.). A point to be underlined about this issue is the highly concentrated spatial patt ern. Even so, Madrid’s historic centre keeps playing the role of major destination of tourist flows. It is there that a program of interviews has been carried out with the help of a very well selected set of stakeholders following a methodology designed to be implemented in the historic centres of Brussels and Rome as well. The outcomes obtained point out a few controversial opinions about the relation of tourism with the city’s historic centre; the tourist economic sector emphasized the role of tourism as an opportunity. On the other hand, the socially inspired organizations see it basically as a source of conflict that can be counteracted by means of integrated policies for the whole historic centre.

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Rivista di Scienze del Turismo. Ambiente Cultura Diritto Economia
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (15/09/2008 n. 530)
Online ISSN 2037-7908 - Print ISSN 2037-7916

Executive Editor: Nicola Boccella - Associate Editor: Azzurra Rinaldi
Editorial Staff: Andrea Billi - Patrizia Laurano - Antonio Magliulo - Angelo Quarto
Editorial Board: Alberto Abruzzese (Iulm Milano), Victor Aquino (Universidade de São Paulo), Sergio Arzeni (Ocse), Piero Barucci (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Nicola Boccella (Sapienza Università di Roma), Michael Crang (Durham University), Anya Diekmann (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Renato Guarini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Roberto Grossi (Federculture), Han Yong Liang (Zhejiang University), Jorge Lozano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Michel Maffesoli (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Vanda Perretta (Sapienza Università di Roma), Marina Righetti (Sapienza Università di Roma), Azzurra Rinaldi (Unitelma - Sapienza Università di Roma), Irene Salerno (Sapienza Università di Roma), Pasquale Sandulli (Sapienza Università di Roma), Manuel Valenzuela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)