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Creative-led Regeneration in French Seaside Resorts: three case studies on transition

Abstract : This article presents a qualitative analysis of the specific strategies used by coastal resorts in the South of France to valorise their creative regional resources. These strategies emerge from factors of change in the trajectories of the resorts, mainly emergence of creative tourism centred on culture, sport and recreation and the need for attractiveness, environmental turning point and the need for sustainability. The research is supported by three case studies, Biarritz, Lacanau and Martigues, Having opted for a multi-case studies approach, it was decided to use seaside resorts with different forms and created in a variety of ways: an “old” resort (Biarritz, created in the 18th century during the first phase of tourist development in the coastal areas), a contemporary resort (Lacanau-Océan developed from an older town, with the sea front created ex nihilo and the forest planted during the “Thirty Glorious Years” post-world war two, using a Fordist design model) and a “new” resort (Martigues, industrial town on the Berre lagoon, approved as a seaside tourist resort for the first time in 2008). In these three resorts, regional resources are mobilised as creative assets to regenerate the towns: nature in Lacanau, surfing in Biarritz and heritage in Martigues. The results show that a process in transition where arise various topics such as the choice or resources selected, design and management of the towns, public decision-making, tourism policies based on trying to find a suitable level of habitability in these regions, both for tourists and residents, associated forms of governance, as well as conflicts in use that may emerge.
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Anne Gombault, Ludovic Falaix, Emeline Hatt, Jérôme Piriou. Creative-led Regeneration in French Seaside Resorts: three case studies on transition. Cultural and creative industries : economic development and urban regeneration, Dec 2015, Roma, Italy. ⟨halshs-01243300⟩



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