Date and location

  •   February 10, 2014 - February 13, 2014
  •   Rovira i Virgili University, Vila-seca Campus, Catalonia

Conference details

This RSA research network workshop in Catalonia, Spain, aimed to discuss the ways in which established tourism destinations might become spaces where social innovation and regional development progress through revitalisation, as well as how the development of global responsible tourism policies might be fostered in this process. Within the meeting programme / content, we sought to:

  • evaluate the role of revitalisation policies on the economic competitiveness of destinations;
  • study the responses that these policies elicit when faced with the challenges of global change
  • identify and evaluate potential impacts of the broader residential mobility associated with tourism activity.

Well-established tourism destinations are tending to acquire new economic, social and cultural functions, whilst simultaneously turning into places for innovation and urban development. In turn, they are generating new opportunities for the regions where they are located, and even facing new risks derived from the dynamics of global change, making this a highly pertinent area for research. As such, this RSA network event also aimed to place tourism destination revitalisation at the core of the debate on the effects of globalisation and its limitations at different scales.

This workshop-style meeting is part of a series of RSA events on tourism and regional development, which aim to examine tourism diversity from the perspective of regional development in order to identify current challenges and opportunities in a systematic manner, and hence provide the basis for a more well-informed integration of tourism in regional development strategies and move beyond political short-termism and buzzword fascination. The Catalonia workshop was the first of three planned (including the Reggio Calabria, Italy in late 2014 and Budapest, Hungary in the spring of 2015). The Tourism and Regional Development research network is now well- established as a meeting place for people with an interest in issues relating to tourism in a regional development perspective.

Within this context, the RSA workshop in Catalonia welcomed paper presentations on tourism evolution and regional development topics, including:

  • Evolutionary approaches to tourism development and policy
  • Innovation, destination development and economic / spatial transformation processes
  • Destination governance (i.e. public-private partnerships, policy networks, destination management organisations, clusters and innovation systems)
  • Creativity as a transformative strategy
  • Political economy of tourism and regional development
  • Cultural approaches to tourism and regional development
  • The position of tourism in overall strategies and plans for local and regional development
  • Tourism destinations and attractiveness for new residents and new economic sub-sectors
  • Cross-sector analyses: synergetic inter-linkages between tourism and related sectors, such as the creative industries, smart manufacturing and advanced services.


Workshop Committee

Professor Salvador Anton Clavé (co-chair) – Dr Julie Wilson (co-chair) – Dr Antonio Paolo Russo – Professor Henrik Halkier – Professor Marek Kozak.

Conference Organisers

About the host

GRATET – Research Group on Socio-spatial Analysis and Tourism Studies

The research group on socio-spatial analysis and tourism studies (Grup de Recerca d'Anàlisi

Territorial i Estudis Turístics – GRATET at the Department of Geography in the Faculty of Tourism and Geography at the Rovira i Virgili University is a consolidated research group supported by the Generalitat de Catalunya (the Catalan Government) under the contract number 2009 SGR 744. The group’s research activities are centred on the spatial analysis of social and economic development processes and impacts of tourism. It is led by Dr. Salvador Anton Clavé and members are currently working on the major project “Tourism, residential mobility and territorial competitiveness. Local responses to dynamics of global change (GLOBALTUR / CSO2011- 23004) funded by by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Other links of interest

Rovira i Virgili University

Faculty of Tourism and Geography

Department of Geography

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How to get there

Rovira i Virgili University, Vila-seca Campus, Catalonia