The rise of interest for urban management and planning research in recent decades has significantly changed the approach to spatial, social and economic phenomenon of urbanization. Urban problems in contemporary cities are complex and, in general, the result of a number of interrelated causes of different nature and origin. One of the activities that affects contemporary cities the most, in particular the historic ones, is tourism. Contemporary tourism consumes substantial amount of urban space while at the same time major urban areas perform important functions within the overall tourism system: serving as the key nodes and gateways for different kinds of transportation (air, water, road and railway), as staging posts for multi-destination trips and alike. A distinguishing characteristic of tourism in urban contexts is that it is just one of many economic activities within a city and thus must compete with other industries for resources such as labour and land. Furthermore, tourism is intrinsically embedded in the local community and is simultaneously both affected by and affects it. For these reasons urban tourism management and planning are top themes recently, in particular in the smart and intelligent cities context which gives more innovative and problem-solving perspective to it. By discussing the most prominent challenges of the urban tourism and smart and intelligent cities, participants will get an opportunity to understand and contribute to possible solutions of challenges faced by modern urban tourism destinations.


At the end of the class the participant will be able to:

  • evaluate the current socio-economic issues facing cities
  • develop basic framework for analysing the knowledge base of the latest achievements on the role of infrastructure, institutions and innovations for cities
  • evaluate the fundamental smart city and intelligent city concepts
  • based on theoretical presumptions and empirical solutions to critically  evaluate the role of tourism in the processes of urban growth  particularly in historic /art cities
  • develop basic framework for analysing possible solutions of tourism generated problems in urban (historic) destinations
  • reassess and critically analyse the role and modalities of the use of heritage as an entrepreneurial asset
  • evaluate and critically analyse the ways innovative solutions and tools are used in the processes of urban destinations strategic development and marketing management /planning


  • Upper-year undergraduates (with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development and tourism)
  • Graduate students (with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development and tourism)
  • Professionals with an interest in different aspects of urban and regional development and tourism
  • Students in other applied fields wishing to improve their knowledge in the field


  • Participants are evaluated based on the assignment assigned to them on the second day of the Summer School.
  • Students wanting to acquire a mark equivalent to 6 ECTS have the opportunity to do so on the basis of a satisfactory take-home paper, to be written 15 days after the end of the Summer School.