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Journeys to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: Towards a revised Bilbao Effect


Franklin, A, Journeys to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: Towards a revised Bilbao Effect, Annals of Tourism Research, 59 pp. 79-92. ISSN 0160-7383 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.annals.2016.04.001


Many of the world’s post-industrial cities have sought to emulate the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s (GMB) transformation of Bilbao into a city of culture. Yet the Bilbao Effect is a paradox: why is it that despite much replication of its defining features there is still only one Bilbao Effect? This paper steps back from the quick fix policy narrative of the Bilbao Effect to reflect critically on the complex coordinates of the GMB’s success as a singular tourism magnet; notably how Bilbao and the Basque Country region played a far bigger role in it than is commonly perceived. It identifies a variety of significant and commensurate cultural tourism developments already in place before the GMB was built, not least the Camino de Santiago de Compostela and San Sebastian, that both augmented and enriched tourism to Bilbao subsequently. It argues that these must now be recognised as a key part of the Bilbao Effect and are of an order and quality not easily transferred to other cities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao Effect, Camino de Santiago de Compostela
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franklin, A (Professor Adrian Franklin)
ID Code:109264
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP120200302)
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-06
Last Modified:2017-11-29

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