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How increased tourism is shaping today’s cities

Experts from theory and practice will hold a discussion at the University of Freiburg on May 23, 2019

Freiburg, May 21, 2019

How increased tourism is shaping today’s cities

Tourists in Paris. Photo: Tim Freytag

For some years now, cities and major metropolises have been recording growth in the number of tourists visiting them and in the number of overnight stays. This veritable boom in urban tourism is creating pressure on the city's use, which is particularly visible in inner-city areas. In connection with tourism, gentrification and various forms of economic use often become effective in urban areas. The consequences are rising prices in the hotel and catering sectors, a shortage of affordable living space and impaired quality of life for locals and tourists alike. Nevertheless, tourism is also seen as an opportunity to redesign urban spaces and increase their attractiveness. Part of the conference "Touristification of Urban Spaces" will be a public discussion on how to deal with current and future challenges of tourism and urban development from different perspectives.


  • What: Discussion round with contributions from Dr. Michael Bauder, University of Freiburg, Dr. Jan Glatter, Office of Urban Planning in Dresden, and Sabine Weber-Loewe, Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe (Freiburg’s tourist office).

  • When: May 23, 2019, 8:15pm

  • Where:              
    Collegiate building I
    Platz der Universität 3
    79098 Freiburg

  • Media members are warmly invited to attend.

  • Host: Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography in cooperation with the working group Tourismusforschung (tourism research) and the working group Stadtzukünfte (urban futures)

  • Contact information: , Tel.: +49 (0) 761/203-8970

  • No registration is required.

  • The event is free of admission.

  • The event will be held in German.

  • For more information about the conference “Touristification in Urban Spaces”