The Tourist Project of the Setap Group for the International Bid of Ideas for Maspalomas Costa Canaria

The city of Maspalomas began building in 1961 , year of the celebration of the International Bid of ideas for
Maspalomas Costa Canaria. This event was sponsored by the owner of the lands Mr. Alejandro de Castillo y Bravo de Laguna, the Count of Vega Grande. The group of French architects and city planners ATEA and SETAP where awarded first place in the bid. The project stood out due to its high quality details, the respectful distribution with the landscape and the majesty of its urban forms in the different enclaves that comprised the project. The analysis of the professional work of ATEA and SETAP, the city models that were developed in the atelier, the academic experience of working with the ateliers of the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in France by some of the members of SETAP, and the bid, are some of the ideas developed in this investigation.

New Holiday Towns as Non-Places. The Case of Marina d’Or

Since the start of tourism as rewarding and massive activity in the mid-nineteenth century, new tourist
destinations have appeared to satisfy mass tourism. Among the different urban developments that have
taken place so far, the objective of this paper is to reflect on a model of tourist development that is spreading
internationally, the New holiday towns. These urban settlements can reach large dimensions in size and
population, so producing appreciable economic, political and environmental impacts in their environment. But,
what about the social impact that these NHTs involve? Tthrough the analysis of a specific case, Marina d’Or, social aspects were investigated with the help of a quantitative method, the Survey: prototype users; frequency by residents in town; relations with its neighbors; intensity of use that they make of public space and their satisfaction and valuation of urban space. And finally with a qualitative methodology, the Participant Observation, the diversity of its urban space and the ways of inhabiting it were analyzed.

Tour-Scapes or How to Convert Mature Tourism Destinations to Complex Sustainable Landscapes; the Strategy of the Second Coast

The paper discusses the innovation potential of landscape design to mature tourism destinations in the
Mediterranean, especially in relation to its contribution to generate new imagery as well as to configure
sustainability criteria in order to improve tourist consolidated environments. It is structured in two parts: The first deals with the intense relationship between Landscape and Tourism. The second focuses on a review of the
research results developed within the frame of the Master’s in Landscape Architecture, UPC, in the territories
of Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain and Languedoc, France. The works presented explore protocols of developing a sustainable tourist imagery based on the identity and natural potential of these landscapes in relation to the development of a holistic tourist project that involves landscape not as a background but as a tourist product in itself. The experiences include approaches that relate the existing coastal developments to its agricultural “hinterland”, specifically denominated as “second coast”.

Cultural Tourism in Fragile Institutional Contexts. Project for Cultural Routes in Tierra Del Fuego

The following paper presents a project of Cultural Routes designed for the Chilean Tierra del Fuego, linked
to promoting tourism and boosting the economy, through the development of a specific high standard tourism
offer, linked to its natural and cultural heritage, with the purpose of capturing the potential income generation for
Chile. The project had as main goal to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism sector of special interests in
Tierra del Fuego, a key sector of Southern Patagonia, through the dissemination and transfer of technologies and knowledge, acquired in over 10 years of research and projects, onto the territory and local agents. These Cultural Routes build an innovative offer, capable of structuring the diverse touristic resources and strengthening the basis for the development of a new stage of national and international tourism market, located on the southern extreme of Chile and America.

A Long-Term Tourism Strategy within a Networked Urban Regeneration Process for Historical Quarters

During 1970s, the de-industrialization in many western countries caused large unemployment and decay of
industrial cities. Accordingly, as an urban revitalization strategy, tourism was initiated in many urban historical
quarters to revitalize the economy and to improve the decaying city image. Many de-industrialized cities
witnessed the rise of place marketing-led tourism in historical quarters. Many quarters have removed and replaced the existing residents and original functions which were thought to convey negative images. Meanwhile, new images and attractions, including museums, crafts, arts, cultural heritage, and festivals have been introduced in these empty physical fabrics to attract investors and tourists. More recently, the strategy of tourism development tends to be closely related with other urban planning strategies, especially in historical quarters’ revitalization process, which usually link tourism with other evelopment strategies such as cultural industry and creative industry (Tiesdell et al., 1996, Cunningham, 2002) to transform these quarters into cultural hubs or creative dismissions (Roodhouse, 2010), aiming to attract not only tourists but also local people, enhance the quarters’ cultural ambience, and promote local cultural production consumption without emptying all the residents and functions. In recent decades, many Chinese cities have experienced huge urban changes. With many urban historical quarters being demolished to gain development profits and new city image, many old neighbourhoods collapsed with their residents relocated to frontier areas. This paper conducts a comparative study on recent creative hub initiated by Shanghai government—Tianzi Fang and the Xi’an Muslim Quarter. It analyzes the recycling mode, the everyday life , the experience of uniqueness, and social network based on the two case. It also explore the tensions, conflicts, and cooperation within the network of disciplines, governmental agencies, institutions, stake holders, and local residents. This paper highlights that for urban historical quarters, instead of replacing all the community and functions, a long-term tourism should adapt into an integrated and participatory network of urban regeneration process, which is largely beyond its physical aspects and would provide a new perspective for urban tourism.

Vol. 2 No. 2
Vol. 1 No. 2
Vol. 2 No. 1
Vol. 1 No. 1
Vol. 3 No. 1