City spaces, functional places: Functions of urban tourism precincts

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Proceedings of the 20th Annual Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education, 2010, pp. 1 - 12
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Tourism precincts form an important part of the phenomenon of urban tourism. The pattern of tourist visitation in an urban destination tends to be concentrated in specific tourism precincts, where tourists tend to spend a large proportion of their time (Griffin, Hayllar, & King, 2006; Hayllar & Griffin, 2006). Precincts perform a range of functions that play an important role in providing visitors with a satisfying and fulfilling experience of the city overall. Previous research suggests a range of precinct functions relating to providing visitors with a connection to the city and its people; providing contrast and respite from a citys CBD; acting as a meeting place, or place of orientation for tourists (Griffin & Hayllar, 2006, 2007; Griffin, et al., 2006; Hayllar & Griffin, 2005; Hayllar & Griffin, 2006).
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