Within development, planning and geography, research has increasingly left the rural urban dichotomy behind in favor of a focus on the relations between them (Tacoli, 1998). Weaver (2005) and Gon (2017) have argued that this transition has not found its way to tourism studies. Weaver (2005) also argues that while tourism research has ignored the urban-rural fringe, the “study of the urban–rural fringe within geography and other social sciences has neglected tourism” (p. 27). This leaves a gap in the literature, which few have attempted and, we argue, none have succeeded in filling. With this paper, we aim to take a step in that direction by investigating the conditions for tourism development in the peri-urban. We define the peri-urban as the complex set of relationships between actors working beyond the continuously build-up suburbs of a central city, but within a larger functional region, strongly influenced by the urban city. Based on this definition, we aim to answer the following research questions: What are the conditions for tourism development in the peri-urban? and how do tourism businesses successfully overcome the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of the peri-urban? We investigate this question through a case study of the region of Zealand in Denmark, which is characterized by its peri-urban location in relation to Copenhagen. We conduct an in depth document study of the conditions for tourism development in the region. This was also used as an outset to select two cases – business clusters - that have been successful in overcoming challenges of the peri-urban. We follow these cases through a longitudinal study spanning three years. We combine interviews and observation data, to gain insights on how and why they were able to overcome the challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities of the peri-urban conditions for tourism development.
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Event||ATLAS SIG Urban Tourism Meeting 2021: New Directions for Urban Tourism Post-COVID - Online|
Duration: 3 Jun 2021 → 4 Jun 2021
|Conference||ATLAS SIG Urban Tourism Meeting 2021|
|Period||03/06/2021 → 04/06/2021|