How to make a city attractive for visitors

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In the previous article (Tourism and its growing importance for the economyit was stated that tourism is a growing economic sector of extreme importance for many countries, and is sector with huge potential in Macedonia. But in order tourists to be attracted, especially in cities, they need to be attractive. So what would make the cities attractive for foreign tourists and people from other cities of the same country? Here is a list of a few things that need to be taken into consideration:

  • The good cities don’t have too much order, but neither are their too harmonic in their design, and that’s why proper urban development is a key element (“variety in order”). The proper development can make the city attractive and functional. Too much chaos makes people feel fearful, especially the foreign visitors, because they can assume that there is no order in that place and basically “everyone does what he wants”. On the other hand, if all the houses or buildings look the same and every street and area are similar or look the same it leads to boredom and no one wants to see that.
  • In the attractive cities the streets are full of life. This makes people to feel connected with the locals. It is a big mistake to separate tourists from local inhabitants, what happens quite often when in some places the number of tourists will grow continuously. There needs to be communication among them and friendships to be made, what is much harder when on the streets there are only closed high buildings surrounded by fast roads. Maybe in those objects many people do creative work, but that is out of the visitor’s sight.
  • Orientation and mystery. The modern urban plans often leave out the narrow short streets and instead more long, wide streets are build, with houses and building far apart each other. There is some feeling of mystery in those narrow alleys where the locals live next to one another, and the balconies are only few meters apart. Therefore, every large city needs to have 2 sides: wide roads with skyscrapers, but also many narrow streets where there is more every-day interaction.
  • Ориентиација и мистерија. Модерните урбани планови често ги запоставуваат кратките тесни улици на сметна на широките улици и оддалечените куќи и згради. Постои некое чуство на мистерија кај оние тесни сокаци каде локалците живеат едни до други, а балконите на 2 спротивни куќи се оддалечени само неколку метри. Затоа, секој поголем град треба да ги има и двете страни: широки патишта со високи облакодери, но и многубројни тесни улици каде постои многу повеќе секојдневна интеракција.
  • Local uniqueness. Some things simply can’t be unique. We can’t expect there to be Venezuelan phone, or Icelandic bike, but it’s good when the objects don’t look the same everywhere (built with same material, same design..), but to be characteristic of the place where they are, and of those societies. That’s not only because of our wish for diversity, but the societies indeed have different experiences, needs, strengths and weaknesses, different way of community life etc due to their different historic circumstances, climate conditions and other factors.

Although we can’t say for sure what exactly means a city to be attractive, because the beauty is pretty subjective, still for some places we can all tell they are ugly.

If you liked this article, look in greater detail in this video. If we look at our capital city Skopje from this perspective, we can sat much better urban development is necessary. There is more chaos than order. Maybe more public spaces are needed, like on example parks. Still we must mention that the city has it’s historic local uniqueness, like indeed many other cities in Macedonia too, which can offer a lot of things to the visitors. They can learn many new things and receive many unique experiences. подетално во ова видео.

In the previous article (Tourism and its growing importance for the economy) it was stated that tourism is a growing economic sector of extreme importance for many countries, and is sector with huge potential in Macedonia. But in order tourists to be attracted, especially in cities, they need to be attractive. So what would make the cities attractive for foreign tourists and people from other cities of the same country? Here is a list of a few things that need to be taken into consideration: • The good cities don’t have too much order, but neither are their too harmonic in their design, and that’s why proper urban development is a key element (“variety in order”). The proper development can make the city attractive and functional. Too much chaos makes people feel fearful, especially the foreign visitors, because they can assume that there is no order in that place and basically “everyone does what he wants”. On the other hand, if all the houses or buildings look the same and every street and area are similar or look the same it leads to boredom and no one wants to see that. • In the attractive cities the streets are full of life. This makes people to feel connected with the locals. It is a big mistake to separate tourists from local inhabitants, what happens quite often when in some places the number of tourists will grow continuously. There needs to be communication among them and friendships to be made, what is much harder when on the streets there are only closed high buildings surrounded by fast roads. Maybe in those objects many people do creative work, but that is out of the visitor’s sight. • The cities (especially the smaller ones) need to be more compact, again for which proper urban planning and development is necessary. The cities shouldn’t be designed with long streets where the people are far apart, because that decreases the feeling of belonging to a community and the communication among the people from that place happens less often. Parallel with that, positive impact also have the public spaces like parks, public squares etc. • Orientation and mystery. The modern urban plans often leave out the narrow short streets and instead more long, wide streets are build, with houses and building far apart each other. There is some feeling of mystery in those narrow alleys where the locals live next to one another, and the balconies are only few meters apart. Therefore, every large city needs to have 2 sides: wide roads with skyscrapers, but also many narrow streets where there is more every-day interaction. • Local uniqueness. Some things simply can’t be unique. We can’t expect there to be Venezuelan phone, or Icelandic bike, but it’s good when the objects don’t look the same everywhere (built with same material, same design..), but to be characteristic of the place where they are, and of those societies. That’s not only because of our wish for diversity, but the societies indeed have different experiences, needs, strengths and weaknesses, different way of community life etc due to their different historic circumstances, climate conditions and other factors. Although we can’t say for sure what exactly means a city to be attractive, because the beauty is pretty subjective, still for some places we can all tell they are ugly. If you liked this article, look in greater detail in this video. If we look at our capital city Skopje from this perspective, we can sat much better urban development is necessary. There is more chaos than order. Maybe more public spaces are needed, like on example parks. Still we must mention that the city has it’s historic local uniqueness, like indeed many other cities in Macedonia too, which can offer a lot of things to the visitors. They can learn many new things and receive many unique experiences.

Кој град од Македонија најдобро ги исполнува наведените услови и може да се класифицира како најатрактивен град во државата?

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