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Accueil » EIREST - Equipe interdisciplinaire de recherches sur le tourisme (EA 7337) » Research Seminar: “Contemporary Issues of Cultural Tourism”


Cécile Renard-Delautre,

Architect-urban planner, PhD in geography



Jean-Michel Tobelem,

Head of Option Culture, PhD in Management, HDR,

Associate Professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne



Aude Le Gallou,

PhD Student in geography, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne



Amphithéâtre Descartes, Sorbonne
1, Rue Victor Cousin, Paris


Plan de la Sorbonne

Research Seminar: “Contemporary Issues of Cultural Tourism”



SEASON 1: Research on cultural tourism – retrospectives




Cultural tourism appears to be a fast-growing industry, within the current context of a significant increase in international departures. Many countries, regions and cities are jumping on the bandwagon in an attempt to boost their image and economic growth. Does the research conducted by both universities and professional bodies confirm this trend? Specifically, what are the factors that contribute to the development of new destinations (infrastructures, accessibility, positioning, image, hosting, promotion, participation by the inhabitants, etc.)?


What role do cultural facilities and events play in this respect? Can significant economic benefits be expected from these activities? What is the impact of new information and communication technologies and social networks? In general, can cultural tourism contribute to improving the overall performance of France where tourism is concerned? What are the main lessons that can be learned from the research? Do they allow for assisting public decision-making? Are there alternative strategies to attractiveness policies centred on flagship facilities?


Furthermore, what is the influence of a destination’s governance issues, with the expected impact in terms of strategic approach, convergence of public and private initiatives, creation of partnerships, decision-making, evaluation and organizational learning? Does the analysis of experiences in other countries provide some possible answers?

Finally, do sustainable tourism, participatory tourism, ethical tourism and creative tourism challenge the notion of cultural tourism?



  PROGRAMME - 18h30-20h

8  février 2017 : Sophia LABADI (Université du Kent, UK)
8  mars 2017  : Rita CRUZ (Université de Sao Paulo, Brésil), "Protection du patrimoine - réflexions sur la relation entre le tourisme, le patrimoine culturel et la production de l'espace" 
19  avril 2017  : Beatriz PLAZA INCHAUSTI (Université de Pays Basque, Espagne)
17 mai 2017 : Greg RICHARDS (Université de Tilburg, Pays-Bas), "Cultural Tourism : Creative opportunity or seed of mass destruction?"
7  juin 2017 : David PICARD (Université de Lausanne, Suisse)

SEASON 1: Research on cultural tourism – retrospectives

The principle of SEASON 1 is to initiate an “assessment” of the research carried out into cultural tourism (the post-Bilbao effect, 20 years on). For this first season, the seminar will question the main findings of the research carried out through the participation of international personalities who have marked or influenced research on cultural tourism. This season will take another look at the fundamental concepts, reconsidering them in the light of contemporary changes.



SEASON 2: Cultural tourism and the litmus test of experience

This season aims to carry out an in-depth analysis of a series of case studies and experiences. Its principle will be to compare the views of both researchers and professionals to provide a reflexivity of actual practices.


SEASON 3: Emerging research on cultural tourism

This season will explore emerging research with the presentation of work by young researchers (doctoral or post-doctoral students), the goal being to understand the changes currently taking place in the fields of tourism research.