Tourism gentrification is a critical shaping force of socio-economic and contemporary urban landscapes. This book aims to be the first substantive text on this subject, explaining the multiple and complex relationships between tourism and gentrification and their outcomes and manifestations in contemporary metropolises. This is achieved by drawing on in-depth case analyses addressing the different issues at stake.

Part I deals with the manifestations of tourism gentrification and the ways it affects urban landscapes through heritagization and urban regeneration strategies. Part II looks at the correlations between tourism gentrification and culture. Finally, the last two parts aim to identify and examine forms and expressions of tourism gentrification, distinguishing among the actors, beneficiaries, and victims of the phenomenon while looking at its implications for intra-metropolitan territories and metropolitan governance.

The book approaches these issues in an innovative way, by looking at a variety of metropolises in a diverse range of countries and by dealing with the different relations and management issues generated by gentrification in relation to tourism. Through interdisciplinary approaches, this groundbreaking text sheds light on the role tourism plays in contemporary metropolises, furthering knowledge of urban tourism. For these reasons, it will be of particular interest to scholars and students of tourism, urban studies, geography, anthropology and sociology.

chapter 1|21 pages


Addressing tourism-gentrification processes in contemporary metropolises

part I|81 pages

Tourism gentrification, heritagisation and urban regeneration

chapter 2|27 pages

A new colonisation of a Caribbean city

Urban regeneration policies as a strategy for tourism development and gentrification in Santo Domingo’s Colonial City

chapter 3|23 pages

Airbnb and tourism gentrification

Critical insights from the exploratory analysis of the ‘Airbnb syndrome’ in Reykjavík

chapter 4|29 pages

Tourism gentrification in the cities of Latin America

The socio-economic trajectory of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

part II|73 pages

Tourism gentrification and the urban cultural and creative turn

chapter 5|27 pages

The Barrio Chino as last frontier

The penetration of everyday tourism in the dodgy heart of the Raval

chapter 6|19 pages

Rome: a cultural capital with a poor working-class heritage

Strategies of touristification and artification

chapter 7|25 pages

Grunge authenticity

The tenement as upscale tourist destination

part III|74 pages

Who are the tourism gentrifiers?

chapter 9|26 pages

Post-tourism on the waterfront

Bringing back locals and residents at the Seaport

chapter 10|20 pages

Playing for/with time

Tourism and heritage in Greece and Thailand

part IV|76 pages

Forms and expressions of tourism gentrification

chapter 11|21 pages

Tourism and urban changes

Lessons from Lisbon

chapter 12|23 pages

The rent gap re-examined

Tourism gentrification in the context of rapid urbanisation in China