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Cultural Heritage Appraisal by Visitors to Global Cities: The Use of Social Media and Urban Analytics in Urban Buzz Research
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. JADS, Smart Cities & Data Analyt Lab, NL-5211 Shertogenbosch, Netherlands;KTH Royal Inst Technol, Ctr Future Places CFP, S-11428 Stockholm, Sweden;Adam Mickiewicz Univ, Inst Socioecon Geog & Spatial Management, PL-61712 Poznan, Poland;Alexandru Ioan Cuza Univ, Ctr European Studies, Iasi 700506, Romania;Mohammed VI Polytech Univ, Sch Architecture Planning & Design, Ben Guerir 43150, Morocco.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7171-994x
JADS, Smart Cities & Data Analyt Lab, NL-5211 Shertogenbosch, Netherlands;Adam Mickiewicz Univ, Inst Socioecon Geog & Spatial Management, PL-61712 Poznan, Poland;Alexandru Ioan Cuza Univ, Ctr European Studies, Iasi 700506, Romania;Mohammed VI Polytech Univ, Sch Architecture Planning & Design, Ben Guerir 43150, Morocco.
Mohammed VI Polytech Univ, Sch Architecture Planning & Design, Ben Guerir 43150, Morocco;Univ Algarve, Ctr Adv Studies Management & Econ CEFAGE UALG, P-8005139 Faro, Portugal.
2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 12, article id 3470Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An attractive cultural heritage is an important magnet for visitors to many cities nowadays. The present paper aims to trace the constituents of the destination attractiveness of 40 global cities from the perspective of historical-cultural amenities, based on a merger of extensive systematic databases on these cities. The concept of cultural heritage buzz is introduced to highlight: (i) the importance of a varied collection of urban cultural amenities; (ii) the influence of urban cultural magnetism on foreign visitors, residents and artists; and (iii) the appreciation for a large set of local historical-cultural amenities by travelers collected from a systematic big data set (emerging from the global TripAdvisor platform). A multivariate and econometric analysis is undertaken to validate and test the quantitative picture of the above conceptual framework, with a view to assess the significance of historical-cultural assets and socio-cultural diversity in large urban agglomerations in the world as attraction factors for visitors. The results confirm our proposition on the significance of urban cultural heritage as a gravity factor for destination choices in international tourism in relation to a high appreciation for historical-cultural amenities.

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MDPI, 2019. Vol. 11, no 12, article id 3470
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cultural heritage, global cities, attractiveness, historical-cultural amenities, language diversity, cultural heritage buzz, foreign visitors, residents, artists, TripAdvisor, fractionalization index
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390690DOI: 10.3390/su11123470ISI: 000473753700240OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390690DiVA, id: diva2:1342877
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