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Jean-Michel Tobelem,

Head of Option Culture, PhD in Management, HDR,

Associate Professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


Aude Le Gallou,

PhD Student in geography, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


Amphithéâtre Descartes, Sorbonne
1, Rue Victor Cousin, Paris


Plan de la Sorbonne

Research Seminar: “Contemporary Issues of Cultural Tourism”



SEASON 2 (2017-2018) : Research on cultural tourism – retrospectives




Cultural tourism appears to be a fast-growing industry, within the current context of a significant increase in international departures. Many countries, regions and cities are jumping on the bandwagon in an attempt to boost their image and economic growth. Does the research conducted by both universities and professional bodies confirm this trend? Specifically, what are the factors that contribute to the development of new destinations (infrastructures, accessibility, positioning, image, hosting, promotion, participation by the inhabitants, etc.)?


What role do cultural facilities and events play in this respect? Can significant economic benefits be expected from these activities? What is the impact of new information and communication technologies and social networks? In general, can cultural tourism contribute to improving the overall performance of France where tourism is concerned? What are the main lessons that can be learned from the research? Do they allow for assisting public decision-making? Are there alternative strategies to attractiveness policies centred on flagship facilities?


Furthermore, what is the influence of a destination’s governance issues, with the expected impact in terms of strategic approach, convergence of public and private initiatives, creation of partnerships, decision-making, evaluation and organizational learning? Does the analysis of experiences in other countries provide some possible answers?

Finally, do sustainable tourism, participatory tourism, ethical tourism and creative tourism challenge the notion of cultural tourism?


SAISON 1 (2016-2017)