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Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4578-4593;

On the Revitalized Waterfront: Creative Milieu for Creative Tourism

Department of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124, Greece
Received: 12 September 2013 / Accepted: 13 September 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cities and Waterfront Infrastructure)
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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the role of revitalized historic urban waterfronts as potential creative milieus attracting creative tourists. Waterfront redevelopment raises issues concerning an extensive range of urban planning and management perspectives, extending from space design to economic, environmental, cultural, and tourism considerations. The paper first reviews the ways in which the relationship between waterfronts and urban functions of port-cities has evolved over time, before turning to the examination of historic waterfronts’ redevelopment as creative milieus to host creative industries. The agglomeration of creative industries, cultural organizations and venues, and recreational facilities in urban spaces is widely recognized to generate a dynamic urban culture attracting a new wave of “creative tourists”, which do not fit to the mainstream cultural tourism behavior, and prefer to visit lively creative spaces based, not only on heritage, but also on contemporary culture. In this paper, the analysis focuses on how historic revitalized waterfronts can act as creative milieus, based on port-cities’ genius loci as cosmopolitan places of intercultural communication, offering a new alternative approach to urban cultural tourism and hopefully functioning as a spin wheel for the regeneration of the urban economy. View Full-Text
Keywords: waterfront; redevelopment; creative; tourism; milieu waterfront; redevelopment; creative; tourism; milieu

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