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The complexities of tourism and regeneration: the case of the 2012 Olympic Games

Stevenson, Nancy (2013) The complexities of tourism and regeneration: the case of the 2012 Olympic Games. Tourism Planning and Development , 10 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 2156-8316

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2012.723038


Regeneration proposals typically seek to use a range of physical, economic and social initiatives to tackle inequality and improve areas. Often they attempt to change the image of places, making them more attractive to tourists, investors, and residents. The role of tourism in these regeneration processes is complex and contested. Tourism elements are often not well understood by decision-makers and sometimes create tensions with wider social regeneration aspirations. Using concepts from complexity theory, this paper interrogates the relationship between tourism and wider regeneration aspirations connected with the 2012 Olympic Games. It uses complexity theory to explore the context within which policies are developed, and the relationships between different policy initiatives. Both are highly complex, constantly evolving and sometimes ambiguous. It argues complexity concepts might be used to help to develop deeper understanding of the relationships between tourism and regeneration.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:11226
Deposited On:17 Oct 2012 14:24
Last Modified:24 Jun 2013 16:47

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