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Afternoon Keynote (followed by discussion and debate): Balancing Act of Tourism: Residents and Visitors

05/11/2017, 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Cultural Tourism is strongly associated with boosting local economies, generating more foot traffic through cultural institutions, and helping to raise the profile of revenue-hungry cities. But balance must be sought between the livability of an area for its residents and a continuing appeal to visiting tourists. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Becker shared key insights on the value of cultural tourism while cautioning the overuse
of this strategy for economic development considering its possible detrimental effects on local communities. A wider discussion and debate on the topic followed, featuring case studies of cultural tourism from around the world.


  • Elizabeth Becker, Author , Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism
  • Martin Harte, Managing Director, The Temple Bar Company
  • Nicola Schiess, President, Fondation Teatro del Lago
  • Dr. Diane Dodd, President and Executive Director, IGCAT and European Region of Gastronomy Platform and Award


CCCB – Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona Montalegre, 5
Barcelona, 08001 Spain