Volume 3 Issue 4 August 2005 Applied Research Note 2

Townscape Character through Residents’ and Tourists’ Perception

by Rajinder S. Jutla

This study focused on the city of Shimla, a popular tourist destination in the Himalayas. It examined how tourists and residents view the city’s changing townscape character. The study concluded that if Shimla wants to continue to be a viable tourist destination, it must focus all its social, political, and economic forces on protecting its townscape character and natural landscape. Failure to do this will not only erode the city’s visual character but will create environmental degradation. Since tourism and the quality of environment are inseparable, tourism planners must link the city’s present and future with its past.

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