Tourism and urban planning for intermediate cities: an empirical approach toward cultural heritage conservation in Damavand, Iran
Document typeConference lecture
PublisherWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET)
Rights accessOpen Access
Intermediate cities which also called medium size cities have an important role in the process of globalization. It is argued that, in some cases this type of cities may be depopulated or in otherwise may be transformed as the periphery of metropolitan so that the personal identity of the city and its local cultural heritage could suffer from its neighbor metropolitan. Over the last decades, the role of tourism in development process and the cultural heritage is increased. The effect of tourism in socio-economic growth makes motivation for study on tourism development in regional and urban planning process. Tourism potentially has a specific role in promoting sustainable development especially by its economic and socio-cultural effects. The positive role of tourism in local development and in cultural heritage should be empowered by urban and regional planning. Damavand is an intermediate city located in Tehran province, Iran. Considering its local specific characteristic like social structure, antiquities and natural monuments made a suitable case study for studying on urban tourism planning method. Focusing on recognition of historical and cultural heritage of Damavand, this paper tried to peruse cultural-historical heritage protecting issue through “base plan methodology” which is introduced as a first step of urban planning for intermediate cities.
CitationGhabouli, E. Tourism and urban planning for intermediate cities: an empirical approach toward cultural heritage conservation in Damavand, Iran. A: International Conference of Cultural Heritage and Tourism. "International Science Index, vol. 2, núm. 1, 2015". Paris: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET), 2015, p. 1-4.