1st International Conference HISTORICAL CITIES 3.0


1-2 of March 2018 / ICE Cracow Congress Centre

About the conference

Konferencja 2018 – wideoThe present-day constantly increasing tourist traffic means that the processes of the city functioning and the development of local entrepreneurship should lead to limiting the conflicts caused by the development of the tourist function, even at the price of its reduction. The fact that the urban layout of historical cities has limited capacity means that tourism management is becoming increasingly more difficult as it has to take into account the diversity of stakeholders and their points of view. Competing for city resources may lead to a conflict of functions, which is manifested by the gentrification of the city which is dangerous for the life of the city. In addition, management must take into account the development support of local entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, the high quality of the life of residents and stay is to be the overriding objective of local sustainable development strategies. Do residents and visitors stand on opposite sides? Maybe residents and visitors are one local community? How to improve the quality of life and the comfort of visitors?

The date of the conference: 1-2 March, 2018 – ICE Cracow Congress Centre, Cracow

The conference is aimed at local governments, non-governmental organizations and the tourism industry

The program includes three discussion panels preceded by a case study of Amsterdam, Bregenz and Edinburgh.

I am lucky to live
where others can only come for a moment


Demand aspect panel. Tendencies to blur the boundaries between residents (locals) and visitors with regard to leisure services (including the impact on visitor culture, visitor behaviour), ways to combine quality of life with the quality of visits.


A panel devoted to the role of new technologies in the concept of the functioning of historical cities. To what degree should they serve the residents and to what – the visitors? Will the concept of smart city governance, taking the multidimensional (socio-cultural, technological, economic) changes in urban space into account, stand the test of time?


The panel will address the problem of the organisation of city functions in terms of supply: adjustment of urban infrastructure geared for visitors, adaptation to the processes of global economy, commercialisation (including the sharing and gig economy), and the aesthetic adaptation of space and night economy. The phenomena of tourism gentrification will be reflected in the management of the city space and its revitalisation through tourism. Answers to the questions about the division of responsibilities in this area and the role of contemporary DMOs will be sought.


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