REGIONAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION Tourism Research Network Workshop Metropolitan Tourism Experience Development: Diversion and Connectivity 

Budapest-Hungary, 28-30th January 2015

In the age of budget airlines and increased mobility, the importance for metropolitan areas of positioning themselves in an increasingly competitive environment where the boundaries between international tourism and local leisure are becoming blurred, has increased. Metropolitan areas are highly preferred targets for tourists owing to their diversified and concentrated attractions particularly cultural heritages and up-to-date events as well as to their business environment. They are the focal points of tourism in a lot of regions and countries. Beside the questions of local management and sustainability, the regional implications (not only for the neighbouring regions) are of crucial importance from the aspect of development opportunities and strategies. Another aspect of metropolitan tourism is connected to the local population, and the great variety of institutions and businesses linked to tourism system…

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