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Tourism planning and tourismphobia: An analysis of the strategic tourism plan of Barcelona 2010-2015

Marco Martins, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Published online: 15 May 2018, JTHSM, 4(1), pp. 3-7.

URN: urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-67085-2, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1247519

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The exponential growth of tourism has brought new challenges to destinations; how to plan themselves to avoid overtourism and this new form of intolerance, the so-called tourismphobia. In order to address the negative impacts of tourism and enhance the positive ones Barcelona has developed and implemented a strategic tourism plan. This paper seeks to understand how Barcelona addressed the tourismphobia problematic through planning: how it was done and which results were achieved in the end. This research reveals a clear gap between the planner’s intention and the plan’s implementation.


Strategic Tourism Planning; Overtourism; Tourismphobia; Sustainable Development; Resident Communities

JEL Classification:

L83, Z32, Z38

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