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Sports facilities as a strategic tool for structuring seaside resorts: The examples of Deauville, Dieppe, and Le Touquet Paris-Plage

Abstract : This research analyzes and compares the history of three towns popular with tourists and situated along the French coastline of the English Channel: Deauville, Dieppe, and Le Touquet Paris-Plage, all relatively close to the capital. The article argues that the origin and rise of seaside resorts have, since the nineteenth century, revolved around four main activities: investment, facilities, animation, and promotion. The literature review and analysis of local archives reveal the existence of a resortification process which places leisure and, more precisely, sport, at the very heart of its development strategy. Therefore, the predominance and multiplicity of sports facilities in regional planning, encouraging the practice of sport, are the result of conscious decisions that continue to the present day. The permanent nature of this process shows that sport represents a key issue in local development and tourism policies in these seaside resorts.
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Guillaume Penel, Christophe Pécout, Charly Machemehl. Sports facilities as a strategic tool for structuring seaside resorts: The examples of Deauville, Dieppe, and Le Touquet Paris-Plage. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure, Taylor and Francis, 2016, 39 (1), pp.46-60. ⟨10.1080/07053436.2016.1151222⟩. ⟨hal-02371205⟩

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