By Greg Richards, Ilie Rotariu
Arnhem: ATLAS, 74 pp.
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This study presents further results of a long-term monitoring programme on cultural and tourism development in the city of Sibiu. The programme was initiated by Ilie Rotariu and his colleagues from the Lucian Blaga University in 2001 with the help of Greg Richards from ATLAS. Over a 14 year research period the programme has expanded to cover a wide range of data sources, including resident and visitor surveys, stakeholder interviews and secondary statistical data.
The research started at a fairly low level with studies of single events in the cultural agenda of Sibiu. The programme was significantly expanded in 2007 thanks to the staging of the European Capital of Culture in the city. Support from the ECOC allowed the scale of the research to be increased. Since 2007 the Lucian Blaga University has continued to collect data using its own resources, although the Municipality of Sibiu contributed funding of 9500 euro in 2007 and 3000 euro in 2010 for data collection.
This study is unique as it is probably the first long-term study of the cultural and tourism development of a city in a former Socialist country in Central and Eastern Europe. The data in the current report build on and extend the anaysis provided in the earlier report “The Impact of the 2007 European Cultural Capital in Sibiu: A long term perspective”, published in 2010 and “Monitoring Cultural Development in Sibiu”, published in 2014.