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Revista interamericana de ambiente y turismo

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GAMBAROTA, Daniella Melisa  y  LORDA, María Amalia. Analysis of the tourist attractions in an intermediate city: The case of Bahía Blanca, Argentina. Rev. interam. ambient. tur. [online]. 2018, vol.14, n.2, pp.134-160. ISSN 0717-6651.

Tourism is an activity currently recognized as the development engine in a territory, such that governments and private organizations give it greater attention by promoting different tourism-related programs and activities. In recent decades, a devaluation process of traditional products and areas has been observed, while at the same time new alternative products are being created and developed. The city is taking on a relevant character due to the variety of attractions and activities offered. Bahía Blanca, a city in southwestern Argentina, is an intermediate urban center; it has attractions and is positioned in the tourism of conferences and conventions. The aim of this study was to analyze the present tourism situation in Bahía Blanca to learn about the strengths and opportunities it has regarding tourism. The methodology included a bibliographic search of intermediate cities and their role in the territory, urban tourism, the presentation of the main circuits and tourism proposals under the management of the Municipality of Bahía Blanca, and an analysis of its current attractions in order learn what strengths and opportunities it has regarding tourism. An important conclusion is that intermediate cities can play an important role in the organization and development of regional activities and Bahía Blanca meets the conditions for a good performance, given that it can attract competitive activities, which include tourist activities.

Palabras clave : Intermediate urban center; conference and convention tourism; competitive activities.

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