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Destination central district: the representation of the conflict

Damián Macías Rodríguez (Department of Urban and Territorial Planning, Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain)
Blanca Del Espino Hidalgo (Department of Projects, Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio, Histórico, Sevilla, Spain)
María Teresa Pérez Cano (Department of Urban and Territorial Planning, Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain)

International Journal of Tourism Cities

ISSN: 2056-5607

Article publication date: 11 August 2020

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021




The purpose of this paper is to represent the conflict of touristification in the central district of Seville to evaluate the dimension of the problem. Therefore, it focuses on the diagnostic representation of the conflict between citizens and tourists, to help define the coexistence of opposing interests and to bring solutions in favour of a liveable urban landscape.


The research has implied a detailed analysis beyond the observation of data and statistics, which facilitated a complex diagnosis for decision-making. This has led to consider as an initial framework the main tourist resources, official agreements and civil manifestations regarding touristification. Then, factors of tourist density and one in-depth case study of changes in use have been mapped.


First, an analysis of the urban spaces affected by the tourist dynamics following the degree of habitability of the resident citizens has been led. Second, of the conflict resulting from a relationship between economic activities, the attractiveness of the urban landscape and the tourist use of the space has been mapped.


Through the study of the central district of a city of great heritage value where conflicts begin to occur as a result of tourism, it is intended to contribute to the development of the spatial syntax of the tourist conflict, what could lead to improve responsible urban and social city policies.



Macías Rodríguez, D., Del Espino Hidalgo, B. and Pérez Cano, M.T. (2021), "Destination central district: the representation of the conflict", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 313-327.



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