Sustainable tourism and public space - a case study of Skeppsholmsviken 6 in Stockholm, Sweden

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The visitor industry is considered a primary industry for Swedish economic growth today. Official strategies and goals for the industry focus mainly on quantitative aspects such as number of visitors, number of jobs in the visiting sector, or total revenues from the same. Despite a large body of evidence showing that urban tourism can have unintended consequences of a less desirable nature, public documents categorically present the idea of more visitors to Stockholm as something leading to positive outcomes. A discussion or mention of social or economic change to a city’s residential character and heritage is hard to find in written or spoken discourse. By studying an on-going conflict related to a project that might bring more visitors to an already well-exploited area in central Stockholm, this paper aims to explore what role a society sustainable tourist strategy can or could play for decision making when urban development impacts public space. The paper employs complementary strategies of qualitative enquiry through interviews, discourse analysis and desk based research.
Public space, sustainable tourism, economy of tourism, visitor impact management 3211