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Title: Revisiting city tourism in the longer run: an exploratory analysis based on LBSN data
Authors: Encalada-Abarca, Luis
Ferreira, Carlos C. 
Rocha, Jorge
Keywords: Urban tourism; locationbased social networks; digital footprints; social media; tourist city; urban sensing
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Project: SFRH/BD/147552/2019 
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) and Universidade de Lisboa (BD2016) 
Serial title, monograph or event: Current Issues in Tourism
Volume: 27
Issue: 4
Abstract: This study addresses the methodological gap in tourism research regarding the long-term monitoring of tourism activities in urban settings. We propose an analytical framework that uses data from location-based social networks (LBSN) to derive tourists’ digital footprints resulting in a sustained, yet partial, overview of tourist activity and mobility in urban destinations. Significantly, we found that LBSN data might signal changes in the geography of city tourism over time. This study pioneers the use of LBSN data to gain knowledge about city tourism in the longer run, thereby providing a means to review the development of tourism cities. The proposed framework abstracts the geographic dimension of tourism cities and extends spatial analysis to the study of tourism destinations. Moreover, the materials and methods used can be reproduced in other case studies, offering spatial measurements for comparative study, and potentially informing urban planning and design in tourism destinations.
ISSN: 1368-3500
DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2023.2182669
Rights: openAccess
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