Tourism is a growing global phenomenon, adding to the wealth of cities, and contributing to the congestion of their “points of interest”; enabling global cultural exchange but also threatening local cultures and disrupting established local and global business models.
The workshop investigates how tourism can be used to support the healthy FABcity:
How can tourists, with no long-term commitment to place, contribute to the Circular City?
How can locals and tourist co-create healthy spaces for beneficial wellbeing?
The workshop develops ideas for possible TOURcity participative peer-to-peer platforms, where tourists and locals co-create healthy environments and lifestyles.
The focus is on Healthy City in all its dimensions: walkability, cyclability, playability, safety, good environmental and housing conditions and healthy food, caring social relations and a stimulating environment, psychological health and wellbeing…
Not only is tourism rising but also changing in character as the citizens of new global players, such as China and India, can afford the traveling, with as a result the bottlenecking of global tourist destinations in cities.
New forms of tourism are emerging, with, for example, Medical Tourism, Slow Tourism, Home Tourism, Disaster Tourism, Slum Tourism, Culinary Tourism and tourism with special target groups, for example, the elderly or the disabled and other.
The concept of tourism is also expanding, as today it is not only about traveling for holiday and leisure. Flexibilisation of work, mobile technologies and global reach make it possible to work from shifting locations around the world. A growing mobile group is thus demanding flexible ‘hospitality’ solutions.
Especially young consumers prefer to pay for access to housing and mobility than to own a house and a car. This supports the shift to a ‘sharing economy’ with peer-to-peer services. Peer-to-peer hospitality platforms, such as Airbnb, are upsetting the tourist accommodation market, strongly influencing the housing situation is cities. Platforms such as Uber are reinventing mobility services and changing the way we move and experience cities in general.