Innovative Cultural Tours in Athens: An Interesting Internship in the Era of Economic Crisis
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)
The scope of the paper is to examine the qualitative characteristics of a new touristic and cultural industry emerging in Athens, that of producing alternative tourism cultural Tours. The paper uses the case study of innovative and alternative cultural Tours to explore the following research questions:
The methodological approach of the paper was organized as follows: First, there is a brief description—based on data taken from secondary research—of a number of data for Tourism in Athens. Such information demonstrates, on the one hand, the quantitative recovery of Athens as a tourist destination and, on the other hand, a number of quality changes in the characteristics of tourism offer and demand of the city. Then, there is a presentation of the methodology of the qualitative field research, by opinion inquiry Interviews involving key informants, the producers of cultural tours in Athens. Finally, there is an analysis of the research results and the main conclusions in relation to the research axes set.
The characteristics of a new entrepreneurial culture that was formed in times of economic crisis and of a simultaneous increase in tourist demand in Athens
To which extent these new touristic products follow cultural consumer trends.
KeywordsCultural tourism Urban tourism Cultural walks
- AHA (2013). Attica Guest Satisfaction & Hotel Performance Survey.Google Scholar
- AHA (2014). Attica Guest Satisfaction & Hotel Performance Survey.Google Scholar
- AHA (2015). Attica Guest Satisfaction & Hotel Performance Survey.Google Scholar
- AHA (2016). Attica Guest Satisfaction & Hotel Performance Survey.Google Scholar
- AHA (2017). Attica Guest Satisfaction & Hotel Performance Survey.Google Scholar
- Airbnb (2015). Airbnb’s Positive Impact in Athens. https://blog.atairbnb.com/airbnbs-positive-impact-in-athens. Accessed 5 Jan 2018.
- AirDNA Market Minder (2018). https://www.airdna.co/market-data/app/gr/default/athens/overview. Accessed 1 June 2018.
- Chatzidakis, A. (2015). Trends in tourism 2008–2015. Athens: GNTO Publications. (in Greek).Google Scholar
- Gravari-Barbas, M. (2014, March). New challenges for cultural heritage. In Synthesis of the works of the Consortium. PA.TER.MONDI.Google Scholar
- Sarantakou, E. (2010). Mature tourist destinations: Development and transition possibilities into sustainable model of summer-cultural tourism (Ph.D. thesis). The Case of Greece, Athens. (in Greek).Google Scholar
- SETE Intelligence (2018). Key Figures in Attica Region. (in Greek).Google Scholar
- Skoultsos, S. (2014). The potential of festivals and their contribution to culture and tourism. Greek Economic Outlook, 25, 61–66. Centre Of Planning and Economic Research.Google Scholar
- Τsartas, P., Sarantakou, E. (2016). Tourism market trends and their effect on entrepreneurship, cultural consumption and sustainability. In Z. Andreopoulou, N. Leandros, G. Quaranta, R. Salvia, & Francoangeli (Eds.), New Media, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development (pp. 25–37). Italy.Google Scholar
- Xenitellis, S. (2017). Evolution and trends in management of culture as a tourist product. Athens as a modern cultural tourist destination (Postgraduate thesis). Hellenic Open University, Patras. (in Greek).Google Scholar
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019