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By Aylin Orbasli

Travelers in old cities examines the connection of tradition, historical past, conservation and tourism improvement in old cities and concrete centres, debating the affects of tourism on historical cities and the function tourism performs in conservation and concrete continuity. the main target of the e-book is medium sized old cities and historical quarters that are appealing to the vacationer marketplace, yet historical quarters in huge towns and smaller rural settlements aren't excluded. along over 100 examples of ancient cities, 5 old cities are mentioned as case experiences: Granada, Spain; York, England; Mdina, Malta; Antalya, Turkey and Quedlingburg, Germany.

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All likely to be borne by the host country. Tourism is a volatile industry and there is very little guarantee of its continuation at stable levels, for a variety of reasons including changing fashions. Moreover, overinvestment leads to over-capacity, which in turn leads to fiercer competition and price wars. When the prices go down, so does the quality of clientele, and the destination is eventually branded as being overbuilt and ‘spoilt’. Tourism and tourist developments are greedy consumers of the natural environment and of culture.

Tourism has the potential to yield economic development, at both regional and national levels; however, the gain that penetrates to the community is usually not known, and is often immeasurable. The trickle-down effect attributed to top-down development can only be assumed and is rarely an adequate substitute for its consequences. The profits of tourism are calculated through the profits of major tourist facilities but the costs are not as easy to calculate. In an example from England, ‘costs are much more difficult to pin down.

Although a monument may be safeguarded, the surrounding environment is often not. Green areas and natural beauty spots on the other hand are used up for large hotels and resorts, leisure centres, car parks and airports, adding to traffic and noise pollution. Crowds become a threat to the fragile balance of nature and to the fabric of historic buildings and settlements. Tourism has the potential to yield economic development, at both regional and national levels; however, the gain that penetrates to the community is usually not known, and is often immeasurable.

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