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Analysis of Barcelona’s tourist landscape as projected in tourism promotional videos

Alexandra Georgescu Paquin (Barcelona School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy CETT (Universitat de Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain)
Aurélie Cerdan Schwitzguébel (Barcelona School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy CETT (Universitat de Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain)

International Journal of Tourism Cities

ISSN: 2056-5607

Article publication date: 1 June 2021

Issue publication date: 6 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the tourist landscape as represented in Turisme de Barcelona’s YouTube tourism promotional videos, looking at the landscape’s tangible locations, symbolic and tourist assets and the protagonists in an effort to interpret its storytelling in an overtourism context.

Design/methodology/approach

The mixed methodology is based on a visual content analysis of promotional videos posted on the official Barcelona tourism YouTube channel. Quantitative data analysis about the assets and their localization was completed with a qualitative assessment of the way these assets are displayed to unveil the narrative they convey.

Findings

The results highlight that Barcelona’s projected image is mainly based on tangible heritage (especially monuments), its recognizable cityscape and its eno-gastronomic assets. This rather conventional image is geographically concentrated on the neighborhoods perceived as tourist neighborhoods.

Practical implications

This analysis provides a critical reflection of the actual strategy of destination management organizations and the storytelling they transmit. The findings can help to orientate their future actions and provide a method of analysis that can be repeated for other destinations.

Originality/value

This paper sheds new light on the use of urban landscapes in nonstatic images both as a narrative subject and as a tangible tourist space in promotional discourse.

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Citation

Georgescu Paquin, A. and Cerdan Schwitzguébel, A. (2021), "Analysis of Barcelona’s tourist landscape as projected in tourism promotional videos", International Journal of Tourism Cities, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 257-277. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJTC-03-2020-0046

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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